Looking at these beautifully illustrated portraits is like paging through a history book. With the only difference that no history book could make these colorful characters come more to live than artist Julia Soboleva can. Sweet faces with slighty mysterious expressions and such beautiful costumes and dresses..
For this series, Julia was inspired by Augustus F. Sherman’s photographs of Ellis Island immigrants:
For 60 years (from 1892 to 1954), Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor, located within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, has been a portal for over twelve million immigrants to enter United States. Augustus F. Sherman captured more than 200 families, groups, and individuals of immigrants while they were being held by customs for special investigations. The relevance of the immigration issues nowadays will never make this story grow old. My mission was to rejuvenate those archives.
Julia Soboleva is a Latvian-born illustrator who currently resides in Manchester, UK. She graduated from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Illustration and is currently studying MA Illustration in Manchester Metropolitan University. Her beautiful work has been featured in various exhibitions.
For more about Julia and her works, visit her website.