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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5 years ago

love this photo

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ZuraisaPutriSaleha
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5 years ago

It's so sad to look. :(

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JaneenSullivan
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5 years ago

Amazing

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gladys
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5 years ago

Beautiful

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MelissaMitchell
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5 years ago

So strong!!!!

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TabithaArgyleBuono
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5 years ago

She reminds me of a "Morning Glory".

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AndraScorteanu
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5 years ago

love it!

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SueWebster
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5 years ago

Dead swans.

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SaraJMoo
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5 years ago

Wow!

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TanjaLatermann
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5 years ago

That looks so painful

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Maggie Stephens Dougherty
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4 years ago

Awe inspiring, and just plain gorgeous!!

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YoliAnderson
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5 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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5 years ago

love it <3

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Michel M. Prins
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4 years ago

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

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Marie-ChristineToutant
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5 years ago

So much pain here...

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WinifredAriaroo
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5 years ago

Just beautiful!

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CrochetRox
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5 years ago

so beautiful!!

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TessaKrellner
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5 years ago

the grace, the beauty!

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TammyChapman
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5 years ago

Beautiful photo.

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maryhadalittlelamb
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5 years ago

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

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NatashaForchione
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5 years ago

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

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TammyChapman
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5 years ago

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

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CrochetRox
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5 years ago

powerful....

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BethRespess
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5 years ago

Oooooh... Sansha split soles...

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ChrisHamm
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5 years ago

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

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clever username
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2 months ago

hahaa i have lived this

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TammyChapman
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5 years ago

Ballet is a beautiful art form, but they are required to be so skinny. Many of the dancers in this post appear to be unhealthy. Bones are not supposed to show this much.

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BonnieJewell-Baranski
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5 years ago

It's not all tutus and applause their poor bodies