In Love with Illusions

PhotographerEkaterina Zagustina
Prize2nd Place in Special / Special Effects
Entry Description

One of the meanings of the word “prohibition” is “negative obligation”. 99,9 per cent of the human genes are identical. Practically all things in the Universe have life cycles. Primitively speaking, most living beings are born to eat, sleep, reproduce themselves, die and become food for the earth or other beings. Most organisms are constantly born to go through almost identical stages. Some of them evolve or become more complex. Some seem to be reproduced invariable – as some nice links in chains of nature, food or other aspects of keeping life balance and production. To evolve a real lot species must go through some massive extinction, either within other populations or through intrapopulation selection. I started reading articles written in formal style, full of scientific terms. “Do they talk about living creatures? – It seems more about something inanimate, say, plastic, etc.”. Seems that what remains different in the genomes could never have been enough to produce such prominent binary systems of good and bad. Neither would all the life-cycle principle give an opportunity for such diversity. Or so much hatred that so many people have. People do want to be unique. And do want to “label” something or someone. But “uniqueness” seems to lose all the sense when it comes to massive and seemingly unrelated collectives, not individuals. Unfortunately, there is so much more to it.

About Photographer

Ekaterina Zagustina (aka KatjaFaith) is a Russian illustrator and photographer. The base of most of her works is a photograph, digitally manipulated and/or mixed with digital painting. Among her publications are several book covers for Apex Book Company, Viaje a Bizancio Ediciones, cover art for THE SORROW KING by Andersen Prunty, EXIT by Shane Filer, as well as some other book illustrations and CD-covers (US, Canada, Spain, Russia). Her works have been featured in PhotArt, Fashion Collection, BigMag, Sugarkiss Magazine, Sketchozine, Apex Magazine, #photography, Photo+, etc. Published in artbooks "The Best of the Best Photographers 2015. One Eyeland Book Vol. 5", "Inspiration International Artbook 2016". She has been working more in the field of photography with her art for some time, creating some surreal/conceptual/sci-fi/social concepts and ideas for the new series of works as fully self-produced personal projects. Award holder (2012-2016) in: Trierenberg Super Circuit and Special Circuit (2 Gold Medals, 2 Gold Medals of Excellence), Moscow International Photography Awards (3rd place, HMs), Prix de la Photographie (PX3) (Bronze Medal in People's Choice, HMs), One Eyeland Photography Awards (Bronze), London International Creative Competition (LICC), Neutral Density Photography Awards and some others.