"my body turns from a surface which other people project things on – into my own experience, physical and mental"
I am lucky to have been photographed by Ekaterina a few times. And that’s exactly how I would describe the experience – being seen. The process is just as important as the result: at some point in the course of that hour, my body turns from a surface which other people project things on – into my own experience, physical and mental. I feel like a liberated being with my own desires, my own ideas of beauty and self. I can just let go and be in my body.
Ekaterina is an artist working across different media, but her photography often focuses on the body as “a porous vessel for empathy and emotions”, as much as the notions of fetish, eroticism and self-determination in the expression of our sensual selves. Her upcoming book “Atom”, produced for Fleet Ilya, dives deep into all these topics. It’s a perspective which is crucial in times when the body, and especially the female body, is either censored or commodified. It’s about the empowering possibility of being sexual, owning your erotic energy, finding the embodied experience of joy.
(Anastasiia wearing the Cutout Underbust Corset )