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Everystring.com | Photography by Anna Fishkin
Everystring.com | Photography by Anna Fishkin
Everystring.com | Photography by Anna Fishkin
Everystring.com | Photography by Anna Fishkin
Everystring.com | Photography by Anna Fishkin

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Daniella Hunter Collection

I love to photograph fashion I can understand and wear myself. Inspired by Sanará Hotel’s co-founder Daniella Hunter’s dual life between LA and Tulum, this sustainable signature clothing line is a dream to wear on the beaches and beyond.

 

NAGA Tulum

To experience Naga Tulum is to be touched by pure magic. I am so grateful for clients like this who become family and remain in my heart no matter what the distance.

 

ART WITH ME: Tulum 2019

This post is long overdue, nonetheless I still think about Art With Me 2019 event with so much gratitude. I had my first photography exhibition Head in the Clouds as part of the festival in Tulum and thanks to the generous support of Sanará whose entire team encouraged me every step of the way and provided their beautiful ocean-front yoga studio as my dream exhibition space. This experience was a dream come true for me on so many levels… I finally got to share my art in Tulum, the town where my life as a photographer began 10 years ago! I got to see my photographs displayed on the walls of my favorite yoga space, then I got to do my own yoga practice there and to experience the images as they were intended, each one embodying and supporting a moment on the journey of transformation. The series as a whole is a soft yet powerful background to the healing events that take place in the studio and the moments captured in the images are amazing to contemplate while observing your breath in an asana to the sound of the ocean.

Of course I also loved immersing myself in all the incredible art and music around Tulum with my friends and I also got to hang out with some very inspiring people like the musician Michael Franti and the Liberian human rights activist Kimmie Weeks. All I can say is, Art With Me set the pulse for me in the year 2019 and I really can’t wait to see how 2020 ups the ante. Happy New Year and cheers to dreams coming true!

To view the images from my Head in the Clouds series displayed in Sanará and to order framed art pieces, please visit my online shop – http://annakinpictures.com.

Head In The Clouds

 

The Real Coconut: Sanará, Tulum

I never imagined that gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free dining could be this good! When it comes to re-imagining the way we think about food, The Real Coconut Restaurant in Tulum, Mexico, is the place to exceed all expectations. Needless to say, photographing the food here became a new addiction and, lucky for me, also led to an amazing new collaboration creating TRC’s first cook book (coming soon!)

 

Sanará Tulum: Lifestyle Photography

One of my most inspiring clients yet! Sanará Hotel founders are an unstoppable force when it comes to sustainable business practices and high integrity commitment to make the world better.

 

Summit Tulum 2019

Such an honor and a pleasure to photograph the inspiring Summit conference in Tulum once again this year.

 

Yäan Wellness Energy Healing Spa: Tulum, Mexico

So happy to return to photograph this incredible spa during 2019 season in Tulum, Mexico. Truly one of the most beautiful and healing spots in the world – https://yaanwellness.com

 

I Pledge Allegiance to Yosemite National Park of America

Truly one of the most iconic national parks in the world is Northern California’s Yosemite National Park. I am beyond grateful to have spent the last few days of 2018 surrounded by the spectacular beauty and changing colors of its winter landscape so famously marked by the massive granite rock formations I have always dreamt to meet – El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rock and Three Brothers, among others. To be honest, after all the big breaks, confusing challenges, risky changes and deep introspective periods of the passing year it felt fitting to end 2018 BIG by going to a place that represents epic powers of endurance and possibility, to be reminded especially in these days of US government shut-down the unforgettable words of John Muir who said – “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” The new post-Yosemite me is awestruck and inspired, wishing everyone to have an enlightening 2019! May this new year be happy, healthy and full of grace.

 

High-Rise Kingdom: Sequoia National Park

As I discovered first-hand on my recent trip to Northern California over Christmas, during the winter months in Sierra Nevada mountains at altitudes above 6000 feet there lies real magical winter wonderland… This is where one can meet some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth known as Giant Sequoias or Redwoods or simply Big Trees. Fed by the natural forest fires, some of the giant sequoia specimens are the most massive individual trees in the world. They grow to an average height of 50–85 m (164–279 ft) with trunk diameters ranging from 6–8 m (20–26 ft). The oldest known giant sequoia is 3,500 years old making these characters among the oldest living organisms on Earth. To say that my meeting with these silent giants inhabiting Northern California’s Sequoia National Park left me totally awestruck is an understatement. To be in the presence of a living thing that has been a witness to over 3000 years of human-time history is one of the most humbling experiences I ever encountered.

 Drone shot by Reed Rickert

 

Full Circle in Chiapas

Below are the photos taken recently during my second trip through Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. My first trip to this stunning destination happened six years ago in 2012 under very different circumstances. Back then I was two years in to my new life in Tulum, still at the beginning of my photography career and struggling (hard!) to not only make the ends meet but to also believe that I was a real photographer. It was my first big adventure experience of traveling solo through Mexico… Still fresh in my memory is the arduous overnight bus ride I took from Tulum to Palenque, where in the middle of the night a clever invisible thief stole ALL my beloved Nikon photography gear and money while I accidentally dosed off somewhere near the shady town of Escarcega.

With my heart completely shattered and not knowing how I would shoot a fashion project I was already booked for one week later in Tulum, I moved around Palenque ruins like a ghost gazing at the ancient city structures through a thick veil of tears and devastation. I remember taking sad blurry photos of the pyramids with my iPhone simply to kill time while I waited for the afternoon bus to San Cristobal de las Casas where a fellow photographer friend Masha was waiting for me. Going down the memory lane, I’m glad to see that my old photos of San Cris in this post from 2012 are somewhat sunnier because I was able to borrow my friend’s camera for a couple of hours and my wounded heart actually began to heal quickly.

By the time my 2012 Chiapas trip ended I experienced what we Russians call ‘the irony of fate’ (a phrase coined by the classic 1975 Soviet-era film of my childhood) because for the first time ever I felt like a real photographer and not an impostor. And even though in that moment I was a real photographer without a camera, the proof of my newly found confidence came immediately via a respected colleague Manu who trusted me to borrow his treasured Canon 5D Mark II camera kit for my upcoming fashion shoot. Anyone who tried to make it as a photographer in Mexico, and Tulum in particular, knows how difficult it is to obtain pro photography gear spontaneously (not to mention short-notice!) without a single rental anywhere in vicinity, and I’m not sure the situation has improved all these years later. Needless to say my gratitude soared sky-high at this miracle and although I never shot with Canon before, within minutes of practice I was able to rock the photo-shoot and never doubted myself again! Long story short, thanks to the generous investment of my gemini soul brother twin Johan as well as my amazing parents, I was able to make a huge upgrade in my Nikon photography gear turning an irreparable loss into a blessing in disguise. Shortly afterwards I ended up in NYC assisting some of the most talented photographers whose work I hitherto only admired from the pages of magazines. So this is the short version of the story about how I became a professional photographer.

Fast forward to now six years later, I was overjoyed to return to Chiapas in order to give its stunning landscapes proper justice with my beautiful Sony a7r camera. Yes, I made the big switch from Nikon to Sony a couple of years ago when a filming challenge in Peruvian Amazon convinced me to go as light and as silent as possible. As I post these images from Chiapas in November 2018 I want to express my deep appreciation to the road-trip spirits of Chiapas for keeping me inspired and safe on its crazy and often treacherous mountain roads while also paving the road to my own success back in what seemed like the end of my world in 2012. I also want to thank my partner in crime Reedo for capturing my happy self frolicking in the spectacular Agua Azul waterfalls and for following me all the way to the summit of Palenque’s Temple of the Cross to witness one truly gorgeous sunset. What a way to complete the circle!

 


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