Esoteric meets Cyberpunk
Here’s two images from Igor Vasiliadis (a photographer based in Moscow) that define the broad scope of his talents.
The first image is steeped in old-world atmosphere and could be something from the realm of Brian Lumley’s Necroscope Wamphyri series – a Sunsider snapped in a rare moment of candour before night falls and the horrors sweep across the landscape from Starside. Or the woman could be an adept of the esoteric traditions circulating throughout Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A reader of Tarot cards; a holder of séance and mouth-piece of the spirits. It’s an image born of techniques from a bygone era; very long exposures, silver and cyanide, of patience in the art and craft of one single image. The rushing pressure wave of the 21st century has long blown past, giving the figure in the image the time to step out, to emerge from the darkness of deep tonality and emulsion, to bare the very essence of who she is for this moment in Time.
It’s a great picture and if you check out Igor Vasiliadis’ website you’ll discover a heap more.
The second image is in total contrast.
This is the layered structures of late-21st century fashion and wearable technology. A fusion of Eastern culture – brought into the global corporate clans through steel-chorded financial muscle. It’s a glimpse of the sometimes surreal and often imposing flavour of Cyberpunk.