Alexey Poselenov: Beauty From The Depths Of Siberia
Shortly after launching Evolve earlier this year, our friend Jon Lund was kind enough to write a nice piece in his blog about our launch. Widely read by both photographers and creatives. our inbox immediately began to fill up with submissions from photographers around the globe who were attracted to our vision and wanted their images to be considered for our curated collection. One of the submissions we received was from Alexey Poselenov a photographer living and working in the remote landscape of Siberia. We were immediately taken with his beautifully composed, lyrical landscapes and asked Alexey to tell us more about his approach:
“I was born in 1969 in city of Kemerovo in Siberia. This is a place deep in Russia with harsh climate, but very beautiful and I love it. Photography always was in my life in a varying degree. But I began to photograph truly only few years ago. At that time I became a military retiree and was able to do what I love much more time. And I was only 34.
I avidly studied photography and I am continuing to do this so far. I can say that I like to photograph everything but nude and glamour. If it is not possibile to shoot for a long time, my mood deteriorates and I get depression. Then I take my camera and go anywhere to find something for photographing.”
“It was beginning of winter. Snow was not too deep, so I could walk in forest without ski, just on foot. It was easy to walk far. Weather was pretty warm and snow was very clammy. Once after night blizzard all trees in close birch forest became covered by snow. The scene of snow covered birches was very graphic. Of course I couldn’t stay at home. I took my camera and went to photograph. The result you can see now.”
“Landscape is most lovely theme to photograph for me. I often walk and drive to find new scenes. On the South of Kemerovo region in Russia there is the place named Salair Ridge. It is a chain of not too high mountains. Once upon a time I went to shoot these hills. One of them you can see on this image. It was dawn of the night. Behind of me there was sunrise which colored the Moon in red. The weather was 30 below zero, but orange colors on the photo make it much warmer.”
“This image was captured in autumn when fogs are very often in the mornings. It’s a good time for those photographers who want to get misty photos. All you have to do is to find appropriate lake or pond, wake up before sunrise and go there.”
“As many photographers do I usually always take my camera with me. Truly the photo you can see here was taken by chance. I was driving in my car through some village and my camera was with me. I saw this landscape and liked it. Then I stopped and did my usual job in such case. So here is no intrigue, just some luck, a quick eye and close camera.
My main aim in photographing is not money, but to do something what can give people good emotions, smile, lovely memories, feelings of our beautiful nature.
And I give many thanks to God that I can do this.”
So do we.
See more of Alexey’s work available exclusively at evolveimages.com.