If you have seen the 2009 animated movie Up, you will surely remember the two main characters, Carl and Ellie Fredricksen. They were childhood sweethearts and spent their entire lives together, and even after Ellie had passed away, she made the 78-year-old Carl embark on another great adventure. Up became the first animated and 3D movie to open the Cannes Film Festival and received universal acclaim, as well as five Academy Award nominations.
Now, a Moscowite event and family photographer named Irina Nedyalkova paid tribute to the unforgettable Fredricksens by creating a stunning monument to love in the form of a photo shoot performance. The Russian Carl and Ellie are called Sergei and Valentina and although they are models who have never met before, their improvisation during the photo session was so emotionally powerful that “we could not restrain ourselves from crying, we turned away, sobbed, wiped away tears and believed in our characters,” as Nedyalkova writes on her Instagram profile.
The photographer also commented on the incredible response to the project which was part of a St. Petersburg photo festival training workshop:
“My mailbox is overflowing, around 10 thousand followers added me on Instagram in 2 days! People write from different parts 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.”
Check out the incredible Up-inspired photographic performance below.