It started on the Internet in 1998.
A Russian photographer e-mailed me to say how much he liked the black and white images on my website. A dialogue and exchange of images began.
The next thing I knew, the Russian Photographic Union invited me to be one of three Americans to visit the Russia Far East (east of Siberia) for a ten-day summertime photographic trip down the Amur River which is the Russian border with China, flowing into the Sea of Japan. Although I've traveled extensively, I hadn't been to the former Soviet Union. It sounded like an excellent opportunity to see a part of the world that had opened-up briefly to outsiders.
It may sound strange, but in many respects, I felt that I was visiting small town America -- perhaps even the America of the 1800s when the pioneer spirit was strong. There are obvious differences. The language is different and the people are struggling at a subsistence level.
Unlike Americans of 1999, the people of the Russia Far East had very little in the way of material possessions. But the similarities are what struck me. They were warm and welcoming. They were hard working and family-oriented. While they lived a harsh life, there was much love, laughter, appreciation of art and beauty, and a connection to the land and nature.
I believe that art builds bridges. I want to share these images of Russians and their life with Americans to show them how much alike we all are -- perhaps far more alike than we are different.
The Herring Spawn of 2011 Vancouver Island, BC, Canada A Photo Essay by Roger "Mzungu" Moore Published August 24, 2011
The Arab, The Texan & The Berber Published May 09, 2009
Morocco: A Photographic Sojourn Published April 23, 2009
The Great Migration Published November 08, 2008
A Certain Feeling Published October 02, 2008
JetteBook Published September 30, 2008
Critters 1 Published September 19, 2008
Where Time Stands Still Published June 27, 2008