2Sergei and Valentina, the man and the woman in the photo shoot is not a couple in real life. The blow is hard, we know, but truth is bitter. Irina Nedyalkova took to her Instagram and wrote, “Hello, dear all! I want to share with you the great news, I think that most of you have already noticed that buzz around our photo shooting with an elderly couple. The photo shooting with Sergei and Valentina was made in the frames of @foto_festival training course and went all over the world. Many foreign media wrote about it, including famous Bored Panda site.” She added, “My mailbox is overflowing, around 10 thousand followers added me on instagram in 2 days ! People write different part of the world, in different languages, send links and clippings from publications. China, Pakistan, America, Turkey, I will not even list them further. They write trying to find out the real story. They write to thank for such a photo story. They Write and discuss clothes, makeup, make comments, fantasize the long love story of our couple.”
She further said, “Let me tell you how it actually was. Our photo shooting is performance and improvisation of a love story on the set. Sergey and Valentina are incredibly beautiful models from the one-of-a-kind model agency @oldushkamodels. Sergei is 45 years old, Valentine is 62, and they have never been familiar before. There is no makeup on the characters, everything is actually exactly as you see.
The characters had been chosen in advance. Me with my group of photographers knew that they were not a real couple with a beautiful love story.
We directed our photo shooting, as in a movie. However, we could not restrain ourselves from crying, we turned away, sobbed, wiped away tears and believed in our characters. Believe or not? This is the question. Tell me, why do we go to the cinemas?
First of all, we go there for emotions, we watch, feel and empathize. We trust actors and do not wonder whether they are real or not. Right? It seems to me that our photo shooting was a success, once it caused sensation.
What do you think? P / s The photo shooting was by the Gulf of Finland in St. Petersburg. Seagulls are real.”