Sometimes inspiration can strike from the most unexpected places and create the most astonishing results. Case in point: photographer Andrew Akimov, who allowed for his work to be directly influenced by the desolated feel of the muddy waters, creating an artistic photo shoot by carefully playing upon contrast and imperfections. Akimov searched for the ugly beauty in the Russian landscape, steering away from ideality and the breathtaking scenery. And the echo of his choice could not have been more powerful.

Anastasia Abrosimova’s dramatic image resembles the flawless portrait of a water creature, pulled out from the muddy depths and abandoned at shore. The visually astonishing concept had much to do with finding the perfect balance between prettiness and plainness, having little details take the lead.

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Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)
Anastasia by Andrew Akimov (NSFW)

Elnura Badalova styled the mesmerizing photo shoot, by borrowing key elements from the influential water theme and its utterly mysterious character. Anastasia Bogomyakova was in charge of complementing the ethereal image through a remarkable make-up that ended up being equally bold and fantastical. You can witness the full Andrew Akimov (andrewakimov.com) photo shoot by clicking on the thumbnails and perusing the gallery.

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.