My name is Vladimir Korsokoff, a Russian immigrant who photographs almost exclusively in 35mm film using Leica's and pursuing the art of street photography.
At least that's the name and intention of the fictitious photographer I created in order to challenge my creativity and photographic skills a few years ago. The inspiration was inspired from a chapter in the book, ''A Photographer's Playbook: 307 Ideas and Assignments' by Jason Fulford, where when faced with the threat of stagnation in photograph, an approach to initiate creativity is to assume the position of a fabricated alias and attempt to capture images through their eyes.
Armed with a then newly acquired Leica M7 (why not have him photograph in style?!) and a roll of Kodak TriX, I set out capturing images in the style I believed 'Vladimir' would make; that is, an emphasis on the isolated human element within the geometric confines of the urban landscape.
A few years, a couple more Leica's and a plethora of film emulsions later, my alias has travelled to Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and more recently, Hong Kong in pursuit of his vision of street photography.
In order to maintain the alias, the images were posted once a day on my instagram account @backwater_beat; a name that came about through a flippant conversation with a friend of why I would focus my attention on a backwater city such as Adelaide. Adelaide has many treasures, beautiful architecture and outstanding light throughout the year making for great opportunities as I walk my beat.
With this project having grow to its toddler stage, I have been thinking about what's next. I have been enjoying it so much that I am not intending to stop, but rather am about to push its boundaries, or at least find the 'next level'. (what ever that really means)
I have created a zine, a short run of self published photo magazines through the UK printers Ex Why Zed, ready for purchase. A number of people have already purchased one to whom I thank dearly! However I have only had 40 printed and will not intend to have any more of this edition reprinted. If you are keen to grab your own copy of the zine, feel free to visit my Etsy page and pick up a copy of your own! (https://etsy.me/2VO1T57).