In conversation with Stuart Pilkington
Together and Alone
Stuart Pilkington: I wonder whether you could tell me a little bit about your background, i.e., where you grew up, your family life and whether you have siblings?
Nadia Sablin: I was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and lived there until I was twelve years old. I shared a tiny room with my parents, while my grandparents and great-grandma occupied the other two rooms in the flat. There was no space for more children, unfortunately, and I grew up surrounded by adults. When I was twelve, my parents and I moved to the U.S. and I finished school in Ohio.
SP: When did you become interested in photography, and what/who do you think influenced you to pick up a camera?
NS: While I was in the eleventh grade, I learned I could go to community college for free and start getting college credits. Unsure what I wanted to study, I took photography, calculus and painting classes, but dropped the latter two almost immediately. Printing in the darkroom really drew me in at first. It was fun and challenging in a completely new way for me. There was something magical in the cavernous space: darkness, running water and alchemical reactions that brought images out on blank paper. Pretty soon, I was skipping class to go print.
Full interview in Issue Three, which you can purchase here.