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.
"Landscapes are culture before they are nature, constructs of the imagination that are projected into woods and water and rock."
In Rio de Janeiro, sports are life—and life is not a spectator sport. As these dizzying (and staged) aerial photographs show, athletics find their way into every nook and cranny of the urban fabric.
El Malecón is far more than just a wall: it lies at the geographic and spiritual heart of Havana, it lies at the center of the city's pulsating beat. If the wall could talk, imagine the stories it would tell.