Daria Nazarova · The Time of Water

Dec 10, 2020

Daria is a Russian photographer who uses the medium as a tool to express her worries and communicate with other people. In an attempt to get closer to her relatives, Daria created the series 'The Time of Water', which in turn tells the story of the Rybinsk reservoir, which construction flooded several villages and forced thousands of people to relocate. With her roots in this area, Daria felt the need to tell the stories of these families as well as find a connection to her own past.

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

DN - Thank you for the interest in my work. My name is Daria Nazarova, I was born in Vologda, Russia, spent most of my life in Ivanovo and have been living in St. Petersburg for the last 5 years. I studied Restoration of Architectural Heritage in the Ivanovo University. After moving to St. Petersburg, I worked as a designer and at the same time studied photography at the photo school ''Fotografika''. Now I work on a few personal projects and a few other photo books projects.


am - How did you start in photography?

DN - When I was 18 years old I had a boyfriend who wanted to shoot with my dad's old film camera. He took pictures of me and the places where we spent time together. I liked what he did and I wanted to try it too. Then I bought my first Pentax ME Super film camera, and for quite some time I took pictures only with it. I didn't take it seriously, I just recorded my friends and everything beautiful that surrounded me.


am - What does photography mean to you?

DN - For me photography is a tool with which I can talk about what worries me the most. With photos I can show my ideas to people, get in touch with them, get answers.

am - What is 'The Time of Water' about?

DN - 'The Time of Water' is my journey to places where my roots come from. It's my journey to myself through strangers from the past and the present. I am not very close to my relatives and this project, like several of my other works, is probably an attempt to get closer. I get to know the history of my country through similar research, for me this is stronger and more real than history lessons at school and articles from books.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

DN - I love Hilma af Klint, Vasiliy Kandinskiy, Pieter Bruegel, Bosch, Mikhail Vrubel', Escher, Marina Abramovic, Duane Michals, Claudine Doury, Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin.

It's easier for me to name my favorite directors – Wim Wenders, Andrei Tarkovsky, Gaspar Noé, Vincent Gallo, Lars von Trier. The list will be much longer, these are the first that come to my mind. I can limit to three films: ''Paris, Texas'', ''Buffalo '66'', ''Blade Runner''. I also have two potential favorite films that the viewer will never see. This is ''Dune'' by Alejandro Jodorowsky and ''Promises Written in Water'' by Vincent Gallo.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

DN - I don't have a favorite photo book. I like Wim Wenders' Polaroid album and the photobooks ''Crows'' by Masahisa Fukase and ''Elf Dalia'' by Maja Daniels.


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

DN - Thank you, it was very interesting!

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