In Russian hues

“Through my photography, I seek to share the beauty and diversity of the world,” explains photographer Natalia Arantseva about her latest exhibition, which kickstarts in the city today. The exhibits on display will include images clicked by Arantseva over several years.

Arantseva, who was born in a small city in Russia called Oktyabrsky, admits to have been inspired by nature since childhood. “Memories of my childhood are filled with the presence of nature and fresh air. In my early years, I learnt to milk cows and grow plants, when I stayed at my grandmother’s farmhouse. My education was from a different field, but art, painting and literature have always been my passion,” she reveals.

An image from the exhibition

She adds that her most unforgettable memory as a child was a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow where she witnessed a unique collection of pictures and paintings that enamoured her to a great extent.

“This did not lead me to become a painter but this experience helped me to develop a vision and sense of light, colour and composition — factors which always lead to better photographic skills,” says Arantseva, who learnt her first lessons in photography in India and later perfected the art in Indonesia under Ravindra Prakarsa.

Arantseva is also an avid traveller. “I believe that travel broadens one’s outlook towards the world. I feel great experiencing other cultures, meeting people from other countries. I enjoy seeing beauty and sometimes even the ugliness of the world has helped me to understand that our lives are from one side individual and from the other side interconnected,” she avers.

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