Last photoshoot before Russian open military invasion. When I was taking these photos I thought about a weird mix of noir aesthetic with 90’s cultural codes. I thought about visual rhymes and color combinations.

But now the main value of this series for me is that it’s the last document of normal life in my city and country, when we could work, hang out and manifest our creativity. On February, 24 we woke up in a new reality. Today I am a citizen of a country that fights for survival, as well as my model Maria. Tulips and cigarettes, noir and 90’s, colors and rhymes will be afterWARds.

Photographer: Ksenia Yanko /

Model / Makeup Artist: Maria Zastavna / @mr.zastavna