Polar night in the lens of the British
• The polar night in the lens British
The whole year spent British photographer Simon Roberts (Simon Roberts), exploring the vast expanses of Russia. It was almost 14 years ago, and the result of the work became a sensational project "Rodina" (Motherland). In it the author alternated photos from travels and statements of political and cultural figures in an attempt to construct an image of Russia.
Since then, Simon continues to build its own visual language, which is based on the contradiction between small objects and comprehensive nature. Another surprising, but less well-known author of the project is a series of "Polar Night" (Polyarnye Nochi). All photos of the series were filmed on the Kola Peninsula in the period from December to January, when the region is literally immersed in the darkness 24 hours a day. Due to the fact that the sun almost does not appear over the horizon, there are an amazing beauty lighting effects, directly referring us to the title of the project.
Unique winter landscape deserves to be called the main heroes of the project, while the people are only supporting characters on the background of the natural proportions.
"As if ants are unknown, and so little on the background buildings, faded silhouettes in my photos emphasize the melancholic beauty of their environment."
During the period of total darkness north of Russia is forced to survive. Extreme weather conditions make the process of shooting the most difficult. Because of this, Simon refused to expensive equipment, preferring him to the film medium format camera. Wherein the film itself photographer strengthened paper to avoid breakage of the brittle material at cold temperature.
"The use of digital cameras would be impractical solution in a terrible cold. In addition, at a temperature below -25 degrees battery sit down too quickly. Operating at such a cold is very difficult, but exhilarating at the same time. "
"In most cases, I conducted on the streets no more than 30 minutes as the further you just stop feeling legs and arms. Quite difficult at the same time to work with a tripod or change the film in the camera! "
"Saturated blues really surprised me when I was a few months later showed the film in Moscow. I decided to continue working with such a color effect, which is reflected in the whole series. "
The inspiration for Simon project is located in the Russian culture. Most of all he liked our directors have fallen - Tarkovsky, Khlebnikov and Zvyagintsev, as well as writer Nikolai Gogol, whose "Dead Souls" was struck by the British.