Maria & Tymur
2016-2020

Maria and Timur, my youngest daughter and son, became heroes of my project about relationships between brother and sister.  Fantasies and dreams in this project are intertwined with reality. I started shooting this project in 2016 and continue working on it.

I really like to watch how my children interact, watch their games, listen to the stories they make up and tell each other. They are so fascinated with the process that I get an impression I am observing a journey into the world of dreams and fantasies.

I want to join in and travel with them.

Maria often shows utterly not childish maternal care for her younger brother. Sometimes it seems she manifests her maternal instinct even more than me, expresses real worries and care about Timur. He even calls her mom not only while playing but sometimes in reality.

Watching them, I feel that I’m reliving moments of my childhood once again. This is something I appreciate very much. I find it very valuable that our creative interaction brings us closer together, makes us a team. Together we discuss ideas for new shootings, fantasize and make our dreams come true. But most often desire to take pictures of them comes spontaneously. I just suddenly get the right feeling and clearly see the moment I want to capture.