Born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studied Psychology, Political Science, and Arts in Russia, Germany, and Spain. Trained as a classical painter, she discovered her passion for street photography while working as a newspaper reporter in Madrid. Since then, she is capturing street scenes of her daily life and life in South America, whilst traveling. Elena´s work has been exhibited in San Francisco, USA; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Palermo, Italy; Częstochowa, Poland, and New York, USA. She won the second place for the “Moment” Award, the 1st International Biennale of Street Photography 2019, Częstochowa, Poland. Known as @bloomsofmind on Instagram, Elena is a curator of a @fromstreetswithlove street photography feature site. Besides Elena´s dedication to street photography, she is working as a researcher for e-mental health and an psychotherapist, practising the psychoanalytic approach by James F. Masterson together with existential psychotherapy (R. May, Y. Yalom). In her counselling work, she combines visual and introspective approaches, using photography as a means of expression. Elena is currently living in Hamburg, Germany.