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.
Scattered across non-descript suburbs and deserted country lanes, artificially-lit football pitches transform the quiet English countryside into an unexpectedly dramatic stage.
A series of (photographed) performances, which touch upon everything from identity alienation, to imperiled environments and the stark beauty of the desert. This work overflows with energy and inspiration—don't miss it!
Over one million displaced refugees have flooded into Iraqi Kurdistan—this touching photo-report tells the story of a group living out of two over-crowded hotels and their daily struggle to get by.