St. Petersburg is an all-kind-of-arts city. And, first of all, it is a city of Russian Ballet Heritage. Here lives an extremely talented person Russian ballet photographer, "Soul in Feet" project founder and professional ballerina Darian Volkova. 

"Giving people an opportunity to see ballet through ballerina's eyes - that's what I do. As a viewer, you can see just one side of ballet, the world of beauty and lightness but ballet is more than world - it's the universe." As ballerina Darian often travels around the world with her company, and as ballet photographer she doesn't forget to take photos during tours. Darian has shot in the theaters from Russia to Iceland.

"My last destination was France. It was unforgettable! I always enjoy it, I mean to work with dancers from another country. They have different ballet school but we are still soulmates."

At home Darian shoots prima ballerinas of Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky and other theaters. She likes one-to-one shooting. It's maybe similar with myth about Pygmalion and Galatea she's kind of a sculptor, and dancer is her creation she tries to make alive.

More info: darianvolkova.com | Facebook | Instagram

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SandyGambrell-Welter 3 years ago

love this photo

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Alicia-JaneNapier 3 years ago

I don't think this represents sadness...it's passion and dedication

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JaneenSullivan 3 years ago

Amazing

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gladys 3 years ago

Beautiful

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YvonneBernal 3 years ago

What a price to pay so that others can enjoy the beauty!

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TabithaArgyleBuono 3 years ago

She reminds me of a "Morning Glory".

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AndraScorteanu 3 years ago

love it!

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YvonneBernal 3 years ago

The Sleeping Swans

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JasminMountain 3 years ago

For anyone wondering, she most likely has Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, a lot of ballet dancers and gymnasts do due to the extra flexibility given to joints. She also has a the best part of a lifetime of very dedicated training, which mayy be why she's as flexible as she is, but yes, JBS can be a very painful condition if the muscles aren't strong enough to compensate for the ligaments and tendons being too loose- bones start grinding together dislocations and slipped disks are common too.

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Debbie 3 years ago

Beautiful photo!

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YoliAnderson 3 years ago

It's good to see the reality behind the image,ballet is not just long arms and grace,the dancer's body gets so much pain over the years to perform all these moves,in my opinion it's too much.

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

The amount of hours she had to spend on achieving such a flexible pose payed off perfectly

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LisaMariaPoeRodrigues 3 years ago

Cant we just enjoy the damn pictures ? If you want to be good, real good, in anything (..) you need to work hard -blood sweath and tears.

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WinifredAriaroo 3 years ago

Just beautiful!

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CrochetRox 3 years ago

so beautiful!!

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TessaKrellner 3 years ago

the grace, the beauty!

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

Beautiful photo.

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maryhadalittlelamb 3 years ago

this studio is so beautiful (sorry for the wrong focus =x)

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NatashaForchione 3 years ago

I just realize the first picture is a close up of this one

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

What is her toe in? In that little box? Chalk maybe?

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CrochetRox 3 years ago

powerful....

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BethRespess 3 years ago

Oooooh... Sansha split soles...

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ChrisHamm 3 years ago

Dreadful damage to their feet. Do they become crippled in later life?

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TammyChapman 3 years ago

I've also noticed, after looking at all the pictures, that everyone is talking about the women, and what they go through. Yet when it's a man in the picture, they say things like: So strong....So powerful....etc. They go through the same training, and put their bodies through the same pain as the women do. Why are people not recognizing this??

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BonnieJewell-Baranski 3 years ago

It's not all tutus and applause their poor bodies