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.
In seafaring days, islands which had been reported but were thought unlikely to be real were labelled with the term "existence doubtful" — as this series shows, such myth and mystery persist in today's Antarctic.
A visual storyteller digs deep into her past, unearthing forgotten memories and exploring the place she once called home.