Film — ADOX Color Implosion 100
Camera — Olympus XA2
Cuba, Jan 2016
If someone told me 5 years ago that a mobile phone can deliver pictures like that, and with no post-processing applied, I would have never believed it. Just press the button, and get the result. All the pictures below are taken on iPhone 6 with Degradr. Armenia, July 2015.
It was my third trip to Japan during last 12 monthes. I came at the invitation of FOX International Channels and National Geographic TV with master-class on street photography. The most interesting was I and my students used mainly on compact cameras like Fujifilm XT-1 and iPhones only. Group photo album will be published soon as a result of this workshop, but now I want to share with you 18 my pictures. All of them were taken on the iPhone 6. With Degradr App it’s my favorite camera the last time :)
A semi-deserted locality in Murmansk Oblast on the shores of the Barents Sea. Now there is not even a road leading to it, while some 30–40 years back it used to host the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute. I’ve been there in 2009, with a car from Moscow. It took me 2 days for the first 2000 km, and 6 more hours on an off-roader across tundra for the last 30 km. Now, 5 years past, I recalled that trip in relation to the new Russian Oscar–nominated movie “Leviathan” that was shot on location in those exact places.
(с) Marina Valker
I am very impressed with the photos taken by the participants of the Peter Lovigin‘s workshop in Armenia. So much to make me want to go back to the country, which I’ve been to many time before. Thanks to the authors of these images for what subtle feel of the atmosphere of these places. Below are my favorite pictures from this trip. Next year I will offer a workshop in Armenia.
It is the first time that I had the chance to go to the place where cold is permanently present. A couple of weeks earlier, several of my colleagues and I have been contacted by representatives of the two ministries of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) – the Ministry of Federal Relations and Communications, and the Ministry of Business and Tourism. They invited us to take part in a big festival called “Winter starts from Yakutia”, which is held in early December each year.
This is not just a celebration, but also one of the key brands of Yakutia. With this event the real winter starts, when Russian Father Frost from Great Ustyug comes to visit the Yakut Lord of Cold, Winter and the Kingdom of Permafrost whose name is Chiskhaan. Together they (drink vodka) celebrate the coming of Symbol Cold, which then starts its pre-new year’s trip through Russia.
Of course, I accepted the invitation to discover Yakutsk with pleasure and don’t regret it at all. On the contrary! This was an amazing trip with great people, bright impressions and intensive events. I am not very good in relating the complete sequence of events, and I don’t really like doing that, but I would like to share with you some of my personal impressions.
Below you will find 7 of the most impressive moments of my trip to Yakutsk. They are not shown in order of importance, as it is quite difficult to classify them. They come in the order in which they came up to my mind when I wrote this article.