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Our Russia Through the Lens of Dmitryi Postnikov

Panorama of the Uglich Kremlin, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Dmitry Postnikov)
Panorama of the Uglich Kremlin, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (Dmitry Postnikov)

What comes to mind when you think about amazing landscapes? Many people imagine iconic and unique places in the mind’s eye such as; the rugged green wonder of Ireland, Switzerland, Patagonia, Iceland or even Russia’s stunning Lake Baikal backdrops. Speaking of Russia, not many people know that this country's lesser known cities and countryscapes are as picturesque, as they are historic.

Our Russia is a place of wonder, with idyllic countryside, grassy hilltops, and leafy forests, but also a place of contrasts, where old and new coexist in unexpected harmony. Under her huge skies, the land stretches forever, fascinating, romantic, and rough, with dreamy lanes and adventurous waterways, with pastoral idyll and evergreens, and with daring mountains, which hide fascinating beasties that form the backbone of the Russian myths and legends. Our Russia is all this, and a load of other different things, for each of her sons and daughters. It’s time to see her through the eyes of an award-winning photographer, whose images do her due justice.

Dmitryi Postnikov, a Russian photographer based in outside Moscow talks about his Russia, her beauty limits, “forgotten” historic venues, and her fairy forests.

Frosty morning on the waterfront of Uglich (Dmitry Postnikov)
Frosty morning on the waterfront of Uglich (Dmitry Postnikov)

Eternal Clash of Shadows and Light 

As Dmitry started discovering the Russian nature, he was confronted with an amazing spectacle, where shadows and light embraced everything, in an eternal battle at times, or a dance for the romantically inclined. This clash of shadows and light appears to be the most important focus in his artworks. “The shadow and light is the main storyline in my artworks,” he tells me. “I got my first reward for my artwork called The Diagonal. Modern buildings are the best at displaying this mix. You just need to be in the right place, at the right time.”

The play of light and shadow on the facade of a modern building in the city of Of Dubna.
The play of light and shadow on the facade of a modern building in the city of Of Dubna. (Dmitry Postnikov)

“Forgotten” Historic Venues

As I continue the discussion with Dmitry, he slightly smiles and his voice starts to reverb with  excitement, as he shows me another piece from his “Revival” collection. This magnificent artwork shows a Russian church, which, despite its beauty, it is not well-known among Russians. “This artwork brought me a title of the winner of the project The Best of Russia-2014,” Dmitry said. “This church is located in a city near Tver. It was a moment when the old wooden buildings were being removed by the heavy construction equipment opening a perspective of this beautiful church. It seemed that the church literally revived out of nothing.  Ever since that day I am trying to visit more historic places few people know about. It’s amazing how many new things are revealed in these journeys, what amazing history our Russia has to unfold before unassuming eyes.”

In the Tver region, Kimry - The Church Of The Transfiguration (Dmitry Postnikov)
In the Tver region, Kimry - The Church Of The Transfiguration (Dmitry Postnikov)

“The Nature of Russia Knows no Beauty Limits...”

Having explored Russia for quite a while, Dmitry says that one can never get bored of enjoying her nature and landscapes. He talks to me about endless Russian valleys, nature reserves and parks, about the passing of the seasons, and breathtaking areas barely touched by a human hand. “In my opinion, the nature of Russian knows no beauty limits, and every landscape hides unique tales within. There is no need to travel too far away to find a miracle. Sometimes, it is enough to walk into a forest to feel all the mystery and magic that will make your heart beat faster.”

Light and shadow once more - pine forest on the outskirts of the city of Dubna. (Dmitry Postnikov)
Light and shadow once more - pine forest on the outskirts of the city of Dubna. (Dmitry Postnikov)

Dmitry Postnikov is an art photogrpaher from the city of Dubna, near Moscow. He won the «Photosight Russian Awards 2010» grand prize for the “Best photographer 2010.” He is also the winner of the project “Best of Russia 2014.”