Quick tip: make simple and minimalistic images. The less complex will be your photograph, the more it will tell. For the image below you may devise great number of associations: otherness, hope, exclusiveness, etc. One can understand your idea for a second. And you need just illuminated tree and shadow forest to express this idea inside the frame. This is the way your photograph become expressive.
Ukraine, Carpathian Mountains
We’ve shot auroras in Khibiny mountains three sequentially nights in September. At first time I jumped out from my tent after loud cry of my friend Alexander: “Nothern lights!!!”. For some time I looked around at a loss because auroras’ glow were very low this night. But in third night I allowed myself to finish shooting even before auroras gone from the sky, just after the brightest part of glowing. “Auroras? How provoking! Give me some time to sleep!” – we joked. How easily we took to changes!
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains
Magnetic gold, white and red colors of early autumn tundra. This beatiful valley of Khibiny mountains is located on the north of Russia above the polar circle. September is the most scenic time of the year. The time when solid green carpet suddenly become full of details, colors and textures. I’ve been there three times and I’ll defenitly return to Khibiny at least one more time.
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains, Malaya Belaya (Small White) River Valley
At first glance Polygonal lakes in Khibiny mountains are very prosaic: small, shallow, with swampy shore. At daytime their surface is usually crisped from the wind. But in calm morning or serene evening when nature is settled down the magic instantly happens. Beautiful reflections on water smooth cast a spell over. And only small prominent from water stones, covered by moss and lichen, remind you where is real sky and where is land.
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains, Polygonal Lakes
What do you know that such seemingly limited subject as ice may keep my interest so long. My most strong fear was connected with lack of variety on Baikal Lake. Well cracks, pieces of ice, hummocks… But will it be so interesting for 3-week trip? But it’s astonishing, every time, especially in the morning, fighting with sleep and coldness, you step on the ice and… find yourself in another reality with huge variety of lines, shapes and geometry. And this is one of my favorite photography subjects. I love to find harmony islands in the chaos around. Icy Baikal world is built on very special rules. It’s very graphical and ideal. And you play with all things around like with child’s meccano finding enormous mass of subjects. This is Baikal’s magic and that wath the reason I wasn’t bored all that time.
Russia, Siberia, Baikal Lake, Tashkiney Fold