Native to the city of Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, Anastasia Karkotskaya has spent most of her adult life in Saint Petersburg. Originally a student of history, she is currently writing her Master’s thesis about cinema in the former Soviet republics during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Karkotskaya’s relationship to photography lies in her imagery; it is inspired not only by cinema and literature, but also by nostalgia and personal memories. Through the lens of her smartphone, her photography is a way for her to express herself and her feelings when words fail to do so. Below are a few pieces depicting friendships and different places between the years of 2013-2018.
Kerch, Crimea, 2013
My grandparents balcony in Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan
Nastya with her grandmother at a dacha close to Saint Petersburg
My dear colleague Raya with our group of children after we’d visited the cinema (working in a summer camp for the organization Children of Saint Petersburg), 2018.
Cezves from Armenia and Crimea in my home in Saint-Petersburg
The secret place, Georgia, 2015
Nudist beach, Cape Fiolent, Crimea, 2013
A gift from a vacation in Crimea, 2015
Nastya, before a performance at the Mariinsky theater
Educational and scientific base of Saint Petersburg State University, Crimea, 2013
Yasha organized a discotheque on the last day of the Children of Saint Petersburg summer camp, 2018
Yalta, Crimea, 2013