Linaill: art model interview

Linaill is an art model from the former Soviet Union, now living in Sweden

1. Could you talk briefly about your creative / artistic background and why you decided to model? Where you into theater, dance, contortionism, primal screaming, yoga, music, painting or any other thing that might influence your posing? 

I have neither artistic nor any kind of creative background. I have grown up in the former Soviet and the communist spirit characterized my childhood, everything was about education and sport.  There was no room for any artistic / creative development. 

A few years ago I have begun studying the Zen. The more I understood freedom, the more I felt needs to express it in some way. Zen has also taught me that human beings have no limits …. it is fear, expectations, shame, society’s norms etc. that put a barrier to do what you want and love to do.

Just like any other mothers of 5, I had many complexes about my body so I decided to fight them by doing fine art nude. And I fell in love with it! The feeling of freedom was amazing. Luckily, I came in contact with the talented photographer Joakim Nilsson who pulls my creative side out of me.

2 . Do you feel more creative in a studio, in a [closed] location or outside?

Of course outdoors! I love being in nature. Nature is my power charger. Modeling and being in nature is an unbeatable combination for me. I feel that I am one with nature and can easily imitate nature’s shapes and lines.

3 . What is the most interesting thing that happened to you in a session? 

Behind each image is a memory … meeting with creative people, beautiful places, crazy ideas, injuries, excitement, spectators who applaud … you name it. Every memory is valuable to me and makes me smile every time I look at the pictures. 

4 . Is there something that you’d really like to try in photography? (That can be “posing for haute-couture” or “being in a massive nude shot with 100 people” or “doing underwater images” … Anything, really.)

Nude shot in town in the middle of the day is something that has been spinning in my head for a long time, so it’s just a matter of time. I would like to shoot naked in the Alps. I also plan on going to Chernobyl and shoot something crazy over there. Japan and cherry blossoms are on my list as well. 

5 . Is there something you’d like to tell photographers in general? Like “being inside cold water and looking natural is really hard” or “stop obsessing about equipment and go spend some time looking at people”? (Those are two things I always thing about, personally, but they’re just an example.) 

I avoid working with photographers who sees models as a tool. I have managed so well thanks to the fantastic cooperation between myself and photographers throughout the whole process, from the idea to the final result. Teamwork is the key for a good result. 

6 . Any advice for the young at heart? For models who are starting in art modelling or to people who might be considering that route?

Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Do what you love, share your passion, open your mind, arm and heart to new things…be the inspiration!  

7 . Do you consider that photography has enabled you to be more in touch with yourself? Did you learn new things about your body and your being by posing and then by looking at resulting images?

I have an eye for details and I always go through my pictures to see what I can do better. I have learned a lot about my body and how I can pose. I rarely edit my pictures so going through them is a valuable tool for me.

The photography has also helped me to raise my self-esteem. I know my body is not perfect but I’m fine with that…I like it as it is 

8 . If money and “real world” restrictions were not a problem, where would you like to shoot? (By “real world restrictions” I mean things like you can’t do nudes inside the Vatican, a submarine and these days it’s harder to be nude in Central Park, for example.)

Definitely on the Red square in Moscow


    I have neither artistic nor any kind of creative background.

    I have grown up in the former Soviet and the communist spirit characterized my childhood, everything was about education and sports. There was no room for any artistic or creative expression.


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