That same winter one of her colleagues invited her to spend a week-end in Saint-Petersburg with his friend, composer and musician Alexandr Zhuravlev.
In less than a month Anka said farewell to Moscow, her friends, her Mosfilm career and moved in with Alexandr in Saint-Petersburg. Living with her loved one healed her soul, and she regained the urge for painting. She made several graphic works and ventured into other areas of visual arts.
In 2002 Gavriil Lubnin, the famous painter and her husband’s friend, showed her the oil painting technique, which she experimented with for the following several years. During that period she made just a few works because each one required unleashing of a serious emotional charge. All those paintings are different as if created by different people.
2020 – Dorothy Circus Gallery, group photo exhibition.
technical skills and current equipment
I love to experiment with equipment.
I have an idea that cameras and lenses for a photographer are like paints, pencils and canvas for a painter.
No doubts that one can create a masterpiece with mobile camera but sometime to achieve a particular goal you need to tailor your equipment depending on your needs.
I used to have Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Pentacon, etc. and dozens of various lenses.
To the moment my digital camera is Sony A7iii.
Sony A7 iii
Canon 135 2.0L
Sigma Art 50 1.4
Vintage Petzval lens.
35 mm film
Canon 5 + various lenses
Nikon fm3a +various lens
Pentax 67 ii
105 2.4, 45 4.0
Pentacon lens, adopted to Pentax mount:
Custom camera for using vintage lenses with various cameras and roll film adapters.
Various modified cameras from 6×9 cm to 20×24 cm
Various vintage and custom lenses:
Petzvals, aplanats, anastigmats.
Scanner – Nikon Coolscan 8000
Enlarger Durst Laborator
Enlarger Kaiser 700
Classical silver printing
Lith Print process