Mariam Sitchinava Captures the Essence of Womanhood

 - May 12, 2014
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Tbilisi-based photographer Mariam Sitchinava knows that femininity and nature are inextricably linked; after all, we don't call her 'Mother Nature' for nothing. Each image exudes a dreamy sensuality that fully captures the female spirit and the great outdoors.

The women in Sitchinava's photos possess an ethereal, almost haunting quality that electrifies the surrounding landscape. Though they are almost always young, they seem to be wise beyond their years. Indeed, the girls stare at the camera with a knowing gaze, as if they know something you don't. In fact, most of the photos in her portfolio remind me of Sofia Coppola's 'The Virgin Suicides,' based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Ultimately, browsing Sitchinava's photography will instill a deep, quiet sense of melancholy that speaks to the sometimes joyous, often painful experiences associated with womanhood.