These photos are part of an ongoing series that I call a Visual Dictionary of Russia. I think of the series as a form of a contemporary guidebook or set of travel postcards.
I have no ultimate goal other than to capture and show Russian reality today, and to "fix" misconceptions that outsiders may have. I am trying to create an honest, critical portrait of society (the state) and provide my humble analysis through these photographs.
— AnaStasia Rudenko
Editor's note: Rudenko is still a young student, studying photography and multimedia in the Vologoda region of Russia. I think she has an especially perceptive eye for composition and subject matter, and I appreciate her short, sharp captions. We met at Portfolioreview Russia.
1st Place, Fine Art/Conceptual, LensCulture Earth Awards:
Visualizing the retreat of glaciers can be difficult—by charting the gradual reduction of Lewis Glacier with lines of petroleum-fueled fire, this series dramatically calls us to consider our part in the diminishing natural landscape.
Understanding the 5,000-mile U.S. Gulf Coast by way of the region's relationship to nature—alternately reverent and blindly negligent.
“Real” weddings in Campania, Italy are choreographed and produced to look as lavish and over-the-top as an Italian soap operas or American reality TV. Stefano De Luigi's photo series captures the wedding fantasy industry in action.
A four star hotel in the heart of South Africa allows wealthy visitors to experience the "quaint" lifestyle of township poverty in a theme park that looks like a group of tin shacks in the wild — with air conditioning and wifi.