Sergei Stroitelev

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Behind the Snow
Location: Chisinau
Nationality: Russian
Biography: I am a freelance photographer and visual artist based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia working with National Geographic Russia, VICE UK/USA, De Volkskrant, Takie Dela, Meduza, Novaya Gazeta, others. My photographic practice primarily focuses on the... MORE
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Behind the Snow
Copyright Sergei Stroitelev 2022
Updated Jul 2022
I am crossing the Northern Dvina river through a blizzard on a snowstorm, due the fog it is impossible to see the other shore. This is the 10th day of my journey through the vast Arkhangelsk region of Russia. I have another village ahead of me, but for now I listen to silence and cannot believe that people live here, behind the snow.

Arkhangelsk region is situated in the North of Russia and it has the biggest number of abandoned villages in the country. I went there to find villages with one inhabitant left. These people live alone on the land in which they have grown roots, finding strength and motivation to continue on their way with the help of memories, pets, songs, alcohol. They saw several epochs of Russia and how time changed this country leading their life to oblivion. It seems to me that it is incredibly important to show that there is life in these places with a story behind every door, behind the snow.

Arkhangelsk region (Russia), 2021

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