The Kinetic Photographs of Russia’s Leo Bugaev
Like many creatives throughout history, Leo Bugaev wants to shake things up.
To be a true artist, says the thirty-seven-year-old Russian photographer, is to be a “fighter and a rebel.”
Every creative act “is an ascent of fervor against the overall decline.”
“My art is a private theater with few seats,” says the self-described ‘hermit.’ “Only the enlightened viewers may enter.”
In his new series, The Fourth Shot, Bugaev challenges the idea that photographs need offer a clear focal point, a beginning and an end.
Says Bugaev, who finds his greatest inspiration through philosophy, music and poetry: “If we perceive the image superficially, then it’s a frozen moment in time. But if we go further, penetrating the ordinary line of contemplation, we’ll be able to see an entirely different picture.”
“This is like a kaleidoscope creating different images,” says the artist of his work. “Like sounds flowing through the four windows, creating a stereo panorama, full of excitement and anxiety.”
Similarly, in his series, The Eye, in which Bugaev overlaps multiple images, the artist challenges the limitations of his static medium once again.
In Bugaev’s theatre, there isn’t even necessarily a single story being told. Rather, as in real life, the dance is never-ending.
“I’ve written an abstract symphony where the musicians are forced to improvise, because their sheet music has been carried away by the wind of madness.”
To view more of Leo Bugaev’s kinetic photographs, visit his website at: leo-bugaev.com