London College of Communication
MA Photography

Awards & Prizes

Nelli Palomäki

Sons of Nakhimov

Every portrait I have taken is a photograph of me too. What I decide to see, or more likely, how I confront the things that I see, inevitably determines the final image. But more than that, the intensity of the moment shared with the subject, controls the portrait. As we stand there, with our grave faces, breathing the same heavy air; never so aware of each other's details. One blind and lost without seeing his own appearance, one desperately trying to reach the perfect moment. What I desire to find and to reveal, might be someone's secret. The complexity of portraiture, its greatest trap, eventually always lies on its power relationships.

Nakhimov Naval Academy is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. The school was named after the famous Russian admiral Pavel Nakhimov.