Plosky Tolbachik is an active volcano located in the eastern edge of Russia. A pair of thrill-seeking photographers, Andrey and Liudmila, braved the dangers of an active volcano and barely got away with these sensational pictures. They were calmly standing a safe distance away from the active lava flow when tragedy struck: “at some point we realised that something was in the way of lava stream, and it was getting through every hole and crack it could find – or break through. It looks like that the crater, on the edge of which we were standing, actually saved our lives because at least lava started leaking inside it, instead of swelling up the slope.” One of the volcanologists lost his backpack to an errant lava flow, but the pair got away with bragging rights and scores of hard-core photos.
Varya Kolesnikova creates fanciful illustrations for Children’s storybooks. She has a simple, yet cinematographic way of presenting the characters in her illustrations. Her work makes favorite childhood characters come alive. The compositions leave a deep impression with youngsters. She lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1963, Andy Prokh was born in the small rural town of Ural in Russia. He is an economist by profession but was always a photographer at heart. He started engaging in professional photography around seven years ago. His favorite subjects are himself, his daughter Katya, and his cat Tom. Katya and Tom are usually posed in wacky shots that highlight the contrast (or in some cases, the similarity) between a girl and a cat. In case you aren’t wearing your glasses, the cat’s the one on the right.
Stanislav Aristov’s match art was born when he was unable to come up with an idea for a photo competition. He lit a match (out of boredom, I assume, since he doesn’t smoke) and observed the patterns formed by the flame. He found out that the burned wood also had artistic potential. He has had no professional exhibitions yet, but his work is slowly getting international attention over the internet.
Julia Tsoona has joined the ranks of the obviously talented yet relatively unknown artists. She hails from Izhevsk, Russia. That is all we know about her, yet a fleeting glance at her photos and you can see she’s bursting with talent. I won’t at all be surprised if I hear of her winning some prestigious award for her work.
Everyone who is interested in the independent movies can join the project “Go to the woods” and get a lot of supercool stuff. Posters, screensavers, cool animal masks, wooden reed pipes, photo-shoot in a forest, invitation to a party in a dense forest and an opportunity to become a part of the team and be in the movie.
Photographer Aleksey Kozlov and designer Marina Khlebnikova live in Petersburg, Russia and specialize in models shooting.
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Oleg Dou is living in Moscow, Russia. He said he was not only a photographer but rather an artist-photographer. He was awarded several times and had his work exposed in many big cities like Paris or Los Angeles. His portraits show people dehumanized, and make us feel ill at ease. But, there is something in their eyes which express some feelings and humanity.
Leonid Afremov, was born in Vitebsk, Belarus. He was graduated in the Vitebsk Art School as an elite member. About his work, he said very painting is full of my inner world. Each of my paintings brings different moods, colors and emotions. I love to express the beauty, harmony and spirit of this world in my paintings.”
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