Stanislav Markov: A Lush Photographic Universe Presented As Sound

Russian photographer Stansislav Markov is the first to work with REDEFINE in an audio-visual experiment of highlighting the musical inspiration that strikes one’s soul just as powerfully as visual cues might.

Though the relationship between sound and moving images is certainly easy to define, the relationship between sound and non-moving art is much more understated, for obvious reasons. Russian photographer Stansislav Markov is the first to work with REDEFINE in an audio-visual experiment of highlighting the musical inspiration that strikes one’s soul just as powerfully as visual cues might.

After Markov’s minimal photographic compositions were used on an album cover for Jesu, they caught my attention for how well they paired with Jesu’s music. I immediately began to wonder what type of musical cloud Markov lives in, as his photographic works are characterized by shadow, haze, and muted color palettes. They are rich and decadent in the most elegant and minimal sense, and I soon discovered that Markov’s musical tastes follow some of the same underlying tendencies as his photography.

Below is a 43-minute mixtape created by Markov. It contains mostly lush, minimal electronic sounds that are to be paired wit fifteen of what he describes as his “most significant images” of the moment. Listen to the mix while focusing on his Markov’s images, to gain a better understanding into his mindset and to be swept into the moment of creation.

Stream Mixtape

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TRACKLISTING
Married In Berdichev – Light Comes
Vektroid – Wildlife Diskette
Geotic – The Logs Burn Slower Here
Silence Set – So Will Everything We Love
Bnjmn – One Sea (Lukid Remix)
Jonsi and Alex – Howl
Another Electronic Musician – Green And Olive
Our Sleepless Forest – White Bird
Hammock – North

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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