Summer 2018 — South of France
About this series
« Magenta Dust » is a chapter of an ongoing project called « Wanderings ». The study of landscape is this graceful moment when only now matters and when everything is possible. Lina Prokofieff’s enquiry represented as a « treasure hunt » shows us in a seemingly naïve and innocent manner the beauty of nature which is close enough to touch.
The photographer combines her solitary walks with exercise in style and turns her admiring gaze towards the ever-changing nature. For her, capturing this magic is both an enchantment and a privilege. Each step can lead to an unexpected natural canvas, occult message or mystic sign made of wooden sticks and stones.
All you have to do is to stay connected to here and now, embrace nature and its wonders.
Photographer: Lina Prokofieff
Based in: Paris, France
Lina Prokofieff is a photographer born in Moscow and living in Paris.
She is Serge Prokofiev’s great-grand-daughter and therefore was introduced to music and arts at a very young age. Her father, a multidisciplinary artist, encouraged her to follow her instinct and she studied graphic design.Yet she couldn’t ignore her true calling: becoming a full time photographer.
Lina’s childhood has been documented with analog black-and-white home printed photographs and she had many occasions to get familiar with practice and the use of (what can be called today) vintage cameras. But it all made sense when she used a digital camera for the first time. It was one of the first on the market and it seemed to her that from that moment everything would be possible. She experimented relentlessly. The instantness of images was mesmerising and this feeling intensified when she discovered retouching.
Lina has two main themes. Nature and self-portrait have been echoing each other for a long time.Solitude and rituals are essential to create space for introspection inside her studio. It balances with the call of the wild in an unpretentious nature where each step can lead to a living canvas waiting to be unveiled.
Although the nature theme is endless, self-portrait has become a very familiar exercise and therefore more demanding and sophisticated. Recently Lina has been exploring distortion in her creative process, testing the boundaries of Beauty with an unbound gaze.