A Russian photographer now living in Saint John says his eastern European exhibit of nude photos is not drawing in the crowds he was expecting for the city.
Vitaly Korneev says the modern art exhibition, which opened on March 1, may be considered risqué to some.
But he says the photos by four different photographers are rich with artistic merit.
"It's not about women, and it's not about men," Korneev said. "It's about photography and the attitude towards modern photography."
The show — a first for Saint John — features artists from destinations as far away as Siberia, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Korneev says each photographer has a distinct style, with some images featuring ambrotype, a technique dating back to the 1800s.
Ukrainian artist, Aleksandra Naduda, captured photos inside an old Crimean palace to contrast beautiful women against imperial decay.
Korneev said the collection is thick with cultural cues, presented in "very unique ways of showing … art, soul, and culture," however, not many people have dropped in to see the display.
"Some people have come and they actually, I hope, are happy with what they've seen," he said. "But not too many."
Even though the exhibit remains underexposed, Korneev said he doesn't regret trying to present a new visual style to the city.
"Each day I walk in through all these stands and see them, and I'm glad these art works are here."
The exhibition, located at 165 Union St., runs until the end of March.
Korneev said he hopes to later take the collection to Fredericton and Moncton.