Close-Up Russia

I grew up in modern Russia — I never saw the Soviet Union behind the Iron Curtain, or experienced its censorship and propaganda. But this gap in my life experience is being rapidly filled by things that have been happening in Russia over the last few years.

Against the backdrop of political apathy among the members of society, there are inner processes that are not as obvious to the rest of the world: clericalization, forcing of patriotism and nationalism, strengthening of censorship and propaganda.

This series is an attempt to visualize these processes. Inspired by the works of Aaron Siskind, Ralph Gibson and Martin Parr, I’m trying to visualize the trends and events in Russia that I feel are important to document. To bring the image of Russia up to date and find out what defines Russia today.