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Street Theography

Lviv, Ukraine – October 2006 Two Ukrainian orthodox priests
Street Theography, photo essay by Kostya Smolyaninov

The project “Street Theography” was created during 2006-2014 in different cities of Ukraine, Poland and Russia. No wonder of people praying in church, but the meter of my interest were manifestations of religious feelings in everyday life, on every street. Hence the name and the idea emerged during photographic research ─ especially in the street the conflict between the intimate nature of faith and the public, often ostentatious religiosity strongly appears.

Lviv, Ukraine – October 2006 A boy in Ukrainian shirt talks with two nuns while some girl with air baloon interrupts one of them
Lviv, Ukraine – June 2007 A girl, a nun and graffity.
Lviv, Ukraine – June 2006 Girl with mobile ocassionally encounters a street prayer
Lviv, Ukraine – July 2007 Groop of noons after pryer
Lviv, Ukraine – May 2007 Street confession with catholic priest
Lviv, Ukraine – January 2014 Two orthodox priests before street prayer at Lviv Maidan
Lviv, Ukraine – September 2008 Old woman beneath Christ figure
Lviv, Ukraine – March 2009 Cadets at street prayer
Lviv, Ukraine – August 2008 Old wooman with madonna figure
Lviv, Ukraine – March 2010 Mans equilibres while repairing christ figure
Lviv, Ukraine – October 2013 Jesus Chrisrt and birds. Autumn.

Q&A with Kostya Smolyaninov

Photography is…
Photography for me is a type of research of life around me. From the other hand, it a method of keeping of my inner “ecology”, relax maybe.

Photography and writing…
I am author of a lot of texts about photography and contemporary art in Russian and Ukrainian. It my hobby to speak a lot about photography and to write about it. I believe that it is very important for the comprehension of what You do.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
Maybe unfortunately, but the biggest impression on me had not photographers but another artists such as Irish performer Nigel Rolfe, German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann or American media-artist Erwin Redl.

Tell us a little about yourself
I was born and permanently live in a beutiful Ukrainean city Lviv. I am biochemist, and photography was not my main occupation. But step by step it became my basic source of self realization in life. It is the main part of my life, the most important part.

SmolyaninovKostya Smolyaninov (website), born 1971, Lviv Ukraine.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: Street Theography Szczecin, Poland, Fot-Art Gallery, March 2008; Album Rzescow, Poland, BWA Gallery, August 2011; Universal Spaces Lviv, Ukraine, Dzyga Gallery, April 2012. Photo book Street Theography – 2014.

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Kostya Smolyaninov

Born in 1971 in Lviv, Ukraine.

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