Ekaterina Ignatova is a 22-year-old photography and filmmaking lover. Born in Russia and currently based in Italy, she always tries to represent the timeless beauty of women. Ekaterina idealises feminine beauty as a ceramic-looking skin, almost a doll-like, fragile and delicate. For now she just works on female portraits but she would love to try to apply the same style on male figures.
How did the idea for the series come about?
The idea came right after me and Elsa decided to shoot together. Her pure natural beauty reminded me of a porcelain doll so I wanted to find a location that looked somehow like a dollhouse, with a wallpaper and old looking furniture.
How do you approach these intimate shoots?
Before every photoshoot I like to talk with the model, to get to know her better and to be at ease. It’s important, in my opinion, when both the model and the photographer are relaxed and comfortable with the situation. And it’s also important that the model knows the kind of shots we are going to take in advance.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
What I like to represent in my photographs is the sensuality of women. Even when the body is shown I never want the female image to appear sexual. Sensuality to me is the perfect definition of a woman, the female body is a work of art and that’s how I want to represent it.
What inspires you?
I can say that the Pre-Raphaelite and The Renaissance painters are my greatest inspiration. The female body and face, long hair and beautiful lightning in the paintings, to me are simply perfect.
How would you define beauty?
Purity and innocence but with a touch of a Lolita-like personality.
Film or digital?
Even if I collect film cameras I’ve never had the chance to learn how to shoot on film. It’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list.
What makes you happy?
I really love travelling and getting to know new people and cultures. What really makes me happy is working on new projects and to never stop.
What’s next for you?
I’m not really sure what’s next for me, I just graduated and for now I’m looking around to find out which field of work is the best for me and where!