Anna Pliusnina · Charmed

Jun 7, 2021

Anna is a documentary photographer from Russia working on topics such as childhood and adolescence. In her series 'Charmed', Anna portrays the 'first love' during adolescence, a sentiment that marks our lives at a convulse time. In her magnificent portraits, Anna shows the doubts and fragilities of this age, but also the charm, joy and optimism that surround us when we are young.

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

AP - I am Anna Pliusnina, artist and photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. I studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Russian State Pedagogical University, and I am also a graduate of the Faculty of Photojournalism Academy of Photography and of the school of documentary photography 'DocDocDoc'. I work as a photographer and as a teacher of a course on photography for children and adolescents. I prefer to work on documentary and social projects and am interested in topics such as childhood and adolescence. I also have some work on topics like isolation and the connection between man and nature.


am - How did you start in photography?

AP - I started photography as a teenager. Back then I was engaged in painting and graphics and wanted to become an artist. But photography completely captivated me and still doesn't let me go.

am - What is 'Charmed' about and what was your motivation behind this project?

AP -  'Charmed' is a project about the first love. I was prompted to shoot the project by my own not very successful experience of first love. I wanted to figure out how this happens in modern teenagers, to find out their stories. I photographed young couples in love. In parks and places where they spend time. I was attracted by what is characteristic of youth: awkwardness, emotional instability, naivety, dreaminess and euphoria from what is happening. Some of the couples have known each other for months, finding support on each other, creating a together experience of growing up. Oddly, all of them think that the first love it is forever.

I shot the project for about a year and sometimes go back to it. By the end of the project, many couples had already parted ways, but others are still together and one has even married.


am - What inspires your work in general?

AP - In my work, first of all, people inspire me. I want to look at them, discover, solve and shoot them. Also music, painting, graphics and movies inspire me.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

AP - I like to look at the works of Michal Chelbin, Alec Soth, Paolo Verzone, Michal Solarski, Rineke Dijkstra.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

AP - I like many photo books. It is difficult to distinguish a certain one.


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

AP - Thank you for your interest in my work and the opportunity to show it!

All images © Anna Pliusnina


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