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.
The most expensive Olympic Games in history are about to take place in Sochi, Russia. The $51 billion price tag has done little good (and perhaps long-term harm) for the local economy and gentle culture.
The wonders and calamities of nature and life on Earth seem as endless as the cosmos themselves. Here are 65 amazing photo series that draw their inspiration from the beauty of nature, the cycles of life, changing weather and environments, and much more.
The dramatic daily push-and-pull of ocean tides depicted in diptychs by UK photographermakes for some jaw-dropping wonder. The pairs of photos were made from the exact same vantage point, usually within 24 hours of each other. Winner 1st Prize, Portfolio Category, 2011 LensCulture Exposure Awards.