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.
Nighttime photographs illuminated by the full moon reveal quiet, still spaces that vibrate with memories and subtle transformation.
was fascinated by the light in Iceland — brilliant, vivid colors during the summertime when the sun rarely sets, contrasted with the dusky blue that hangs like a veil over the country in the dark monochromatic wintertime. Her poetic visual essay is the grand prize winner in the Lens Culture Student Photography Awards 2013.