Pavel Ruminov is a Russian film director. I happened to take his portrait during a break in the shooting of his arthouse film Dead Daughters. It starred Dasha Charusha, whose picture I made earlier on commission from a magazine.

With Pavel Ruminov, we agreed to meet separately at a convenient time so that we can take his image without any rush.

I decided to experiment a bit with the light and set two flash heads face-to-face slightly behind him. As a result, the light fell on his face, creating a dark vertical zone in the middle of the face.

Such a light helps to reveal the “texture” of a person and adds drama to the portrait, which, in my opinion, fits with the atmosphere of his film.

  • Camera: Pentax MZ-5N
  • Lens: Pentax 50mm F1.4
  • Film: Fomapan 100
© Sasha Krasnov