I like : the 19th Century, old photographs, bones and fossils, old banknotes, old books, the smell of old books, green tea, Balzac, Baudelaire, Zola, Dickens, Michael Moorcock, Mervyn Peake, old Soviet cameras, Art Nouveau, the Symbolists and Surrealists, abandoned and decaying buildings, square photographs, old cities, unpolluted places, cats, junk shops, collage and experimental images, the Andes, Latin America, opera, ideas that connect different times and places, Evolution, ...

 

I dislike: 'globalism', fundamentalism, television, meat, advertising, cars and the stuff that they run on, pollution...

 

In fact the modern world is generally ugly and it's not something I celebrate a lot in photographs. I don't really believe in the future - for me the past is real.

 

There is not much quality control in my photostream.

I have used my Canon Powershot A 70, and its successor, SX 110 a lot. I don't do a lot of 'straight' digital photography, but enjoy digital 'through the viewfinder' and "toy fisheye" photography.

 

You'll see quite a few digital photomontages and paper collages here.

 

But a lot of the time now I use old-fashioned manual film cameras. I have a distinct preference for 'low-fi' photography: pinhole, light leaks, double exposures, 'toy' and box cameras etc.

Here are some of the cameras I use:

Ricoh

Zorki 4K 1

Lubitel

My pinhole camera

Smena 1

Lomo Smena 8m

Chaika 3

Exa 1a

Agat 18

An American in Moscow

Kodak Retinette 1b

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If you want to print or use any of the images in this photostream in a digital or paper collage, please contact me for the original size. I'd only ask for payment if it's for commercial use. Similarly to blog or put an image on any other website- feel free. I'd be grateful if you'd send me a link to the address. For any commercial uses- Please contact me.

 

A good way to look at my photographs, favourites, or anyone else's photos is this link:

 

www.flickriver.com/photos/seriykotik/popular-interesting/

 

seriykotik1970. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

 

seriykotik1970 - View my 'Double exposures' set on Flickriver

 

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  • JoinedDecember 2005
  • HometownLondon, UK
  • Current cityMoscow Russia

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Monsieur, all your images are superb, wether you pick them from public domain, wether you take photos, wether you create them by collage. You are a true artist, from the bottom of your soul to the tips of your fingers. Chapeau bas to your great talent! I kiss your hands with gratitude for bringing us such awesome be… Read more

Monsieur, all your images are superb, wether you pick them from public domain, wether you take photos, wether you create them by collage. You are a true artist, from the bottom of your soul to the tips of your fingers. Chapeau bas to your great talent! I kiss your hands with gratitude for bringing us such awesome beauty. Cheers for you!

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June 26, 2017

Ian’s art, and quite possibly Ian himself, sum up the word anachronism. I imagine him strolling around Eastern European capitols in the company of Franz Ferdinand, donning an Edwardian top hat and pushing a hurdy-gurdy with assorted cameras swinging from pegs. Aside from the fact that we’re viewing them on Flickr, our … Read more

Ian’s art, and quite possibly Ian himself, sum up the word anachronism. I imagine him strolling around Eastern European capitols in the company of Franz Ferdinand, donning an Edwardian top hat and pushing a hurdy-gurdy with assorted cameras swinging from pegs. Aside from the fact that we’re viewing them on Flickr, our contemporary world doesn’t seem to coincide with these images, even his photo equipment is from another era. Everything is imbued with the gauzy veil of Belle Epoque Paris or pre-Lenin Moscow; the colors, the filigreed overlays of grit and grain, his subjects. To paraphrase Ian’s own comments, everything seems to be shot through the filter of nostalgia, his soundtrack playing from a dusty, crackling, hand-cranked phonograph. Decay and abandon run rampant, but without sadness - even the coldest, most wintery of his images project a warm, lush, sensuous record of lost days.

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August 27, 2008

I sat down this Saturday morning with some French roast coffee and a nice Arturo Fuentes cigar. I had planned for several weeks to view each and every photograph in Ian's photostream. And now, five cups of coffee and two cigars later, allow me to reflect a bit. Ian is a man of the world, with images of Moscow, Lon… Read more

I sat down this Saturday morning with some French roast coffee and a nice Arturo Fuentes cigar. I had planned for several weeks to view each and every photograph in Ian's photostream. And now, five cups of coffee and two cigars later, allow me to reflect a bit. Ian is a man of the world, with images of Moscow, London, and Prague drifting through his consciousness. However, I believe him to be a true resident of the Bolivian Yungas and his images of that mystical place and the town of Yanacachi are among the first that connected me to his photostream. There follows a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of cathedrals, castles, cemeteries, swans, shells, statues, rivers, flowers, books, ponds, dinosaurs, trains, skeletons, pottery, windows, doors, fountains, gardens, flowers, bridges, coins, collages, maps, bank notes, and one magical day, the 28th day of March 2006, when the light was perfect and the world fell into place. But wait, the magic does not end, there is a barrage of hand-made grainy pinhole images, with red light leaks, weird trees, distorted buildings, faded dyes, and ghostly images of himself peering back into the matchbox camera, all of it immaculately original. Pardon me, I have to go lay down now, I have jet lag.

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March 10, 2007

Ian's work is rich on so many levels, his back-catologue is seamless and to die for, I've seen many of his other works, he's a master of all the mediums from the Photographic to the artistic and even the 'spiritual voodoo' with his melted bees wax creations! This is just the tip of a huge iceberg of talent in his cas… Read more

Ian's work is rich on so many levels, his back-catologue is seamless and to die for, I've seen many of his other works, he's a master of all the mediums from the Photographic to the artistic and even the 'spiritual voodoo' with his melted bees wax creations! This is just the tip of a huge iceberg of talent in his case! He's a talented, cultured writer, a graphic artist and gifted tutor. In short, a kind of new age transcontinental Wonderkind ! His works incorporate layers of time, seamlessly compressed into little vignettes of art, they shine with a bright jewel like quality that I can only dream about attaining, he's modest and self effacing and an invaluable Admin of Man Ray, like a Sphinx, enigmatic and eternally interesting to all that discover him!

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December 10, 2006

Ian is one of the very few people I have encountered on flickr whose work is of interest for its artistry as much as for its photographic value. Combining an interest in such techniques as collage and use of negatives with a literary sensibility, his work is never anything short of fascinating.

September 3, 2006

Ian's work is full of interest a mixture of the contemporary and the classic. Lovely light falling on exotic buildings, faded grandeur all very poetic. There's a strong element of symbolism in his work too one can detect a French influence. The Russian work is superb and so revealing. His photographic experiments and "… Read more

Ian's work is full of interest a mixture of the contemporary and the classic. Lovely light falling on exotic buildings, faded grandeur all very poetic. There's a strong element of symbolism in his work too one can detect a French influence. The Russian work is superb and so revealing. His photographic experiments and "double exposures" always bring me up with a start, best of all his work is engaging very often far more than the sum of its parts. I really hope Ian's work will become more widely known because it deserves to be seen.

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July 19, 2006

I have been admiring Ian/seriykotik’s images for weeks now. I remember thinking to myself, “Ahhh the life of a fine art photographer—traveling, photographing such wonderous places and then making images that are just so moving.” Then I looked at his profile and was awed. He’s not a photographer by trade, but an Engl… Read more

I have been admiring Ian/seriykotik’s images for weeks now. I remember thinking to myself, “Ahhh the life of a fine art photographer—traveling, photographing such wonderous places and then making images that are just so moving.” Then I looked at his profile and was awed. He’s not a photographer by trade, but an English teacher. But, his work is pure genius no matter what he calls himself. I call him an artist of immense talent. His images haunt me, and I find myself returning time and time again wanting to somehow stay in this world of golden, fragile beauty. His are dreamscapes of the decay that is all around us. Yet somehow he captures the essence of time itself in his work in a way that pays homage to these beautiful, sad, declining structures. I feel as though I could live in this kind of golden light, this timeless beauty, and I always hesitate to leave feeling as though it might all just go away, and I won’t be able to get back to it--like some secret world shrouded in mists that only a few can access. He is not about perfection and slick design, but glorious, muted imperfection and dreamy, otherworldly images that are often darkly penetrating and emotional. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. I will return often, and maybe one day, simply stay.

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July 8, 2006

seriykotik1970 never ceases to amaze me with his original, ethereal, and sensual images! thank you for sharing them with us!

May 14, 2006

he is a good flickr friend of mine! ;) his photos of places where he has been to always surprise viewers. thanks to his very cool stream, my mind got broadened! ;p

April 27, 2006