A history of this book is very simple. Two years ago I got a panoramic camera.
I always liked that extended format and I decided to make use of it.
The 16:9 format has been widely used in the film industry for a long time, but
as I see it the photography still tends to the 4:3 format, the golden section
or a square.
To my mind, the format of a panoramic camera perfectly combines the multidimensional nature of the image and its dynamics. That makes you want
to explore such a photograph from one corner to another. The first panoramic shots that impressed me were the photographs by Joseph Koudelka from his book "Chaos" (2000). That is the world without people though man's presence is felt almost in every frame, the world of chaos and harmony simultaneously. And, of course, Koudelka's choice of panoramic camera for such interpretation of the world was not accidental.
Unlike this well-known master I am interested in the human world and my personal experiences that I managed to capture in a variety of trips around the Russian province. That format had much in common with my personal idea of the world that surrounded me. After two years I accumulated more than one hundred of negatives from which I chose the most emotional and beautiful ones.
Although it's a little bit strange but I think these pictures are quite suitable for the book format. I quickly scattered the photos in the album, and as it turned out every photo obtained the right place in the book. I avoided topping pictures although they might look more impressive. I wanted to save the authenticity of the image. And the decision to leave one photograph at the turn seemed to be the right one. There is a feeling of motion when you leaf through the album and one picture follows another.
A title of the book is "wide-frame eye", and it is not tied to the question what book is about because I did not want to complicate free reading of the image itself. All photographs are black and white since I think that monochrome image gives the ground for the imagination. Photos are not accompanied by a long text with a description of what is happening and it is not by accident too. The image should speak for itself. My words and feelings are expressed with amazing language that everyone understands - the language of photography.