Soak in the detail, absorb the mood, but don’t analyse it, don’t read into it: just surrender.
Don’t intellectualise the artworks and romantically crumbling bricks, or the way Maria sits like a painter’s muse atop an upright piano, covered only by a jacket over her shoulders. There’s no need to question why the red glow cast from neon coils overhead bathes her in a different kind of appeal; or why the slightest turning up at the corners of her mouth suggest a knowingness that’s both soft and strong.
All you need do is recognise that photographer Igor Oussenko nails it. And then surrender yourself with visceral abandon to the beauty and sensuality he captures in each image.
Gorgeously styled by Oussenko along with Eugene Ilina, you can view the full shoot at the gallery or by heading to Bambi Magazine’s 14th issue (bambimagazine.com).