Have you ever had one of those dreams where, when you regain consciousness, you can’t tell where reality ended and the dream began? It can be a disconcerting feeling, when the world of fantasy your mind creates seems to mix into real life and the lines become blurred – even if it only lasts a moment or two.
I wouldn’t call Marina Koryakin’s images disconcerting by any means, but I would say that what I absolutely love about them is the way they make me feel like I’ve been transported to a dream world. Marina takes reality and photographs it in such a particular way that it’s hard to believe what you’re seeing is real life. Her images grab my attention and hold it, every time, thanks to the sense of wonder and mystery she captures. For me, Marina inspires me to keep on using my imagination, to keep on seeing the wonderful and unusual in everyday scenes.
Below you’ll find a selection of Marina’s images along with her comments on what street photography means to her. Enjoy!
“When I see an image or situation that gets my attention I immediately connect with it and let my imagination tell a story about the image or situation. I only need to frame it. Sometimes I wonder if it’s the story of the image or of my imagination.
“The beauty of street photography is that you do not know what will happen in the next second, I just look around and in the moment that my pulse rises I know, this is it.
“I love all my images because of my personal connection to them. My favorites change sometimes depending on my feeling at the time. I might say my most favorite frame is the next one I will take.
“From street photography I get the proof that any human is beautiful and in everyone there is some good, we need just to see it.”
Editor’s Note: You can see more images like these by visiting Marina’s Flickr photostream. Marina was selected from our Flickr group (Street Photography Magazine), where we regularly choose photographers’ work to be published in our magazine.