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One cold winter evening of 2008, in the center of Novosibirsk, Russia, I bumped into a friend, whom I haven't seen for years. A week later, he brought me into the teenage world and i've started my journey through the banal and everyday of 20 year olds, but with a camera.

Camera gave me a purpose for "being" somewhere, with someone, a purpose for experiencing and for compassion, for it all could be recorded. A photograph suddenly gave me a chance to grasp everything at once - the people, their feelings, details and and the atmosphere. And it's very much alike meditation, which answers many questions about life, like a buddhist koan - some truth, which can't be reached by logic reflection but is understood through observation and experience.

And everywhere I went something was wrong, people were moving, dancing, laughing and getting angry, playing and sleeping with each other, but for a moment, when they were left to themselves, one could see their inner feelings. And one could see that they were lost, tired. That feeling was so in the air, even the city streets and the landscape seemed to reflect it. Bars, our houses and the college auditoriums were all soaked with that feeling. As was every relationship.

In another town, among other people, I now understand it. It was a merry-go-round, which we were riding since childhood and had a great time, going round and round, through the same situations, laughed, cried, loved, had fights, but it was an attraction. But then came the time, when passengers grown up and became too big for a merry-go-round, whether they understand it or not. Coming of age is the time when we become too big to pretend we are kids. I know for sure, there are people out there who don't want to acknowledge that and the ones wantto get off a carousel. But both don't know what to do next.


About the Author

Alexey Vanushkin
depapier Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Alexey Vanushkin
b.1988 , Novosibirsk, Russia.

2004-2009 Novosibirsk State College of The Arts - Architecture and Design Faculty
2008-2010 Objective Reality Foundation - [OR]EDU documentary photography educational program
2010 Noor-Nikon Documentary Photography Workshop in Saint-Petersburg at the FotoDepartament Gallery - chosen as a participant through competition
2010 International Summer Workshop “Ways of Photography” in Saint-Petersburg at the FotoDepartament Gallery

Exhibitions :
2010 solo show “Merry-Go-Round” at the FotoDepartament Gallery
2010 group multimedia show - International Innovation Youth Forum Interra 2010 , Novosibirsk
2010 group show - Advantage , curated by Nadezhda Sheremetova , at Metenkov’s House Gallery , Ekaterinburg, Russia

Publications :
2010 book “Merry-Go-Round” - published via Blurb
also publications in various magazines such as WirtschaftsWoche, SEANS and others.

Awards :
2010 PhotographyBookNow - Merry-Go-Round book - 1st Runner Up in

Publish Date  July 15, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  180 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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Comments (5) Write a comment


klami4 says

поздравляю с успехом!

posted at 03:40am Sep 15 PST


klami4 says

поздравляю с успехом!

posted at 03:39am Sep 15 PST


redtreeme says

Congrats. The judges liked your work.

posted at 02:52pm Sep 14 PST


redtreeme says

Your work is wonderful, I am so glad to have this opportunity to vote for you.

posted at 12:16am Aug 20 PST


klami4 says

новосибирcкая диаспора на Блюрбе?)

posted at 12:40am Aug 08 PST


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