"It Must be Beautiful" is the project by Belorussian photographer Alexandra Soldatova that witnesses a deep research into people’s behaviours and their aesthetic feelings. She embarked on a journey throughout Belarus’ isolated landscapes to shoot the strikingly beautiful bus stops – actually, it appears as though they are some sort of scape door to a dreamy place. Searching for daily, social issues in her projects, as well as differences, influences and habits, Alexandra, whose photography story began in 2005 after having graduated from the faculty of Applied Mathematics, seems to be going to impress us for a long time.
I was young and I needed no reasons to change preferences. Also, there is a kind of journalistic courage when you reach places normally closed for people, like a factory or whatever. But, as everything, photography in particular and art in general is not only romantic, but a lot of work to do and to learn.
In general, at university I learnt how to learn, no matter if it is Mathematics, Cooking, Chinese of Art.
Exhibitions and festivals always keep you busy, not much more. But this is a good opportunity to meet and hear new friends, people both from art society and just passing by, and this is really important because they always bring new meanings to my projects.
It is more or less studies of my own relations with the big world. I would say that I’m interested in projects which make me ask questions and change my own definitions, boundaries, points of view.
Oh no, please! (Laughs). There are so many great photographers. Photography is endless, and favourites really depend on the moment.
At first, it took me some time to distinguish this view from reality behind the window of my car. I just felt a great disconnection and a connection in between front and rear, at the same time. I liked this duality and the emptiness of the stage.
Actually, shooting bus stops or stones is a pretty boring job where absolutely nothing happens. I like it because I can more or less plan my shootings. The only whimsical part of the process is weather, which I can never predict. During the very first part of the project, I was shooting for eight hours under pouring rain. Also, I waited for half a year to catch yellow leaves on the trees, then I drove 200 km north and I found an absolutely green forest…
There is one with perfect blue sky and some little white clouds on it. It is all so perfect, a true art object in my opinion.
Well, I think that urban areas are something constantly changing, so there is a reason to have a piece of standard plastic in a city. It is much more complicated here, everything has to work together, all the architecture: streets, houses, bus stops…
Honestly, I don’t think so. They are a part of an environment people leave, something they do not detect as special any more. So I reckon things like these do not help to save the world, but they do influence society somehow.
The weather determines lifestyle, materials and people’s habits on a more physical layer. The geography determines them on a historical layer, but very global. I am looking for more personal, characteristic things in my projects. For example, in central Europe, the weather and the geography is more or less the same, but there is definitely a huge difference between countries.
In terms of identity maybe yes, the common things can tell a lot about who we are and where we are coming from. Under common I mean habits, traditions, preferences, things that we like or find beautiful – and at the end, form a culture.
The fact things are evolving is good in itself. My closest plan is to finish my new book project. It is about relations between people, about photography and myths, and about love.