February 25, 2011

Everything russian

The other day I received these stunning images by Olya Ivanova. I have never been to Russia but it is on my list of places to visit. Her images capture Russia, just the way I imagine it - which makes me want to go there even sooner. I love Russian writers and judging by the submissions I received from Russia, there are as many great photographers out there. Of her project Olya says: "Gorelovka is small village in the middle of taiga in 800 km from Novosibirsk, Russia. This place is hard to find even in Google Map. That's why it is the best place to escape and hide. Many years ago Christian Old Believers came here to avoid church reform. Then 'kulaks' (wealthy peasant) chose this place to escape from Soviet rule. Now many 'new world antagonists' came here to live without passports, Internet, personal numbers and government. I shot the traces of several generations of people that were forced into hiding here from the pursuit of the State."

March is going to be a very busy month. I am preparing my work for an upcoming "studio opening" - where I will present a couple of my new projects. Along with that, I started designing the upcoming online version of UYW and also the print version and all of this is due on the 1st of April. The blog is also undergoing a redesign thanks to the kind help from Joost Markerink. So, please forgive me if it will be quiet here, but I promise I will delight you with links & news regularly on facebook.

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