The first image of this engaging photoessay was selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2016. Discover more inspiring work from all the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists.

In brief, my photography focuses on people. Human beings and their interactions—as well as their inner histories, multiple meanings and metaphors—are of paramount importance to me and my photography.

Mystery, innuendo and absurdity compel me to take a picture; authenticity is also critical.

Street photography is primarily a study of humans in an urban space. I’m interested in documenting the changing reality of our environment.

—Sergey Medvedchikov

Editors’ note: Medvedchikov has been conducting workshops throughout Russia and other countries for the last 6 years. Keep an eye on his website to stay updated on upcoming workshops.