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 Russian ballet photographer, "Soul in Feet" project founder and professional ballerina, Darian Volkova.

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

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

At home Darian takes beautiful photos of prima ballerinas of Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky and other theaters. She likes one-to-one shooting. It's maybe similar to the 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
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4 years ago

love this photo

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Alicia-JaneNapier
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4 years ago

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

ZuraisaPutriSaleha
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4 years ago

It's so sad to look. :(

SaraJMoo
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4 years ago

They are not forced to do this.

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AvonleaArnette
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4 years ago

I think this shows how devoted people are, it's amazing

BillingtonJ.O.
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4 years ago

A sacrifice...For Art. This shows she feels it is worth it. I bet she is an excellent dancer.

Maggie Stephens Dougherty
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4 years ago

It sure does give you an insight into ballet, and it hardship, but the end justifies the means!! They're poor feet takes such punishment! It seem so flawless as a patron, and joying it from the seats! They certainly work hard at it!!

iwusinger
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4 years ago

OUCH

MelanieT.
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4 years ago

Oh those poor feet.....the owner must REALLY LOVE ballet!

KelvinGorrell
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4 years ago

It is hard to create the illusion of flying and being weightless that ballet dancers portray. This shows the strength that it really takes as well as the pain. Bravo!

marnidarr
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4 years ago

You don't think about, nor does anyone tell you, that you will end up with feet like these; I am 50 and my toes are similar. Passion hurts.

PeggyHamburg
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4 years ago

After looking through all the pictures I have to wonder what captivates the soul of those in ballet that they would so painfully punish and disfigure their bodies. Are they so driven by the applause, notoriety, beauty? I don't understand.

MelodyDiermyer
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4 years ago

Passion isn't something you can really put into words. A love of dance can't be contained by any spoken language. To dance is to be set free. Sometimes dance is the only way to express what one is feeling. I"m not speaking for anyone but myself. I'm barely an intermediate ballet dancer, but that's what I feel in my soul when I think of dancing. Dancing is freedom.

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YurdagülKoca
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4 years ago

It looks so bad..

AbiEdiarso
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4 years ago

those black nails, does them hurt?

MikeBarwood
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4 years ago

such beautiful images... dance_07.jpg dance_07.jpg

GracielaPacheco
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4 years ago

Ouch

TabithaArgyleBuono
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4 years ago

For the LOVE of dance!

Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Everytime someone says that ballet is lame, too "girly" or anything demeaning, they should show this photo. Then they'll realize: it's passion, it's pain, it's effort and not something simply done.

ElleCampbell
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4 years ago

It's a wonder they have any toenails left at all. :-( It's a wonder they have any toenails left at all. :-(

gladys
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4 years ago

Out of such pain comes such beauty

HansMulder
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4 years ago

I like to see the dancers, but don't like the way to reach the top.

dash
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4 years ago

And this is how you end up when you underestimate the importance of pedicure…

LeahGerber
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4 years ago

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The feet have toe nail fungus which is not a result of being a dancer. This person should see a doctor and take Lamasil to treat the fungal infection. Wear flip flops in public showers to prevent getting the fungal infection.

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JaneenSullivan
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4 years ago

Amazing

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gladys
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4 years ago

Beautiful

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YvonneBernal
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4 years ago

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

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TabithaArgyleBuono
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4 years ago

She reminds me of a "Morning Glory".

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AndraScorteanu
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4 years ago

love it!

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YvonneBernal
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4 years ago

The Sleeping Swans

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SaraJMoo
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4 years ago

Wow!

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JasminMountain
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4 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
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4 years ago

Beautiful photo!

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YoliAnderson
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4 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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МагдалинаЧолакова
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4 years ago

love it <3

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

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

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LisaMariaPoeRodrigues
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4 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
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4 years ago

Just beautiful!

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CrochetRox
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4 years ago

so beautiful!!

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TessaKrellner
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4 years ago

the grace, the beauty!

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TammyChapman
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4 years ago

Beautiful photo.

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maryhadalittlelamb
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4 years ago

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

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NatashaForchione
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4 years ago

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

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TammyChapman
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4 years ago

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

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CrochetRox
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4 years ago

powerful....

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BethRespess
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4 years ago

Oooooh... Sansha split soles...

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ChrisHamm
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4 years ago

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

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TammyChapman
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4 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
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4 years ago

It's not all tutus and applause their poor bodies