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Vladimir Semenov

Dedicated to the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg
An exhibition of photography by Vladimir Semenov
The St.Petersburg Times: "Photos Capture the Uncapturable"

ST. PETERSBURG: LIGHT ON SHADOW
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Spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral
   

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       The exhibition, entitled St. Petersburg: Light on Shadow, is dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the city of St. Petersburg. Approximately 50 photographs evoke the mood and visual memory of a native St. Petersburger, who was in fact born on very the day of the city's anniversary.
       Semenov's images capture light in various seasons. There is the light of morning and of night. Light is reflected on rivers and canals and puddles in courtyards. It is filtered through windows and fog and snow. The general quietness is interrupted occasionally by a person or a tree or by the angles and curves of well-known sculptural details that, taken together, define the city. An unusual aspect of Semenov's photographic compositions derives from the fact that for years he has been making charcoal sketches of the very scenes he eventually represented in the medium of photography.

      


       The artist has said, "I like to roam about the city when all is asleep. When it's quiet and there is no hustle and bustle, the city gradually reveals its basic shapes. Petersburg's soul is spectral and barely perceptible, like photography itself."
       One would not call the photographs on exhibition either black-and-white or color. The artist himself calls them monochromatic. Like any modern photographer, Semenov employs a variety of printing techniques to give his images an impression of color. For example, "Spire of Peter and Paul Cathedral" has been computer-enhanced with a light golden color. The effect gives the appearance of an older sepia-toned image. In the "Hermitage Bridge" the use of warm tones in printing gives the impression of a summer morning haze ...

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