There is a place where no one is born and no one dies. Of course you can die anywhere but you cannot be buried here as it has been discovered that bodies fail to decompose here.
You cannot be born here because pregnant women are to return to the mainland to give birth. There are no cats, no trees, no traffic lights. There is no amusement park, but there is a circus troupe. In the winter time it is completely dark, but in the summer sun never sets.
The place is called Longyearbyen and it is the largest settlement and an administrative center of Svalbard. It is also the world’s northernmost city. Although it is difficult to regard it the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight. Some people came here just for two weeks and stayed for five years or more, but not many decide to settle down here permanently.
Sometimes you have an impression that people here are trying to escape from something; that this is just a retreat.
This is not a real life.
Dominika Gesicka, born in 1981 in Wloclawek (Poland). Graduated from International Affairs at Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), student of Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic). Member of People You May Know collective. Laureate of Show off programme, Photomonth in Cracow (2014). Finalist of Lens Culture Exposure Award (2016) and a winner of the Idea Tap Foundation and Magnum Photos grant (2015).
Nags Head. Melissa.]]>
The very first thing that I saw in Skopje was the construction of a 25-meter tall figure of a warrior on horseback which, from what I later found out, was the statue of Alexander the Great. In 2010 the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia started an extensive project to revamp first the capital and then the entire country into the sense of connection with its alleged ancient roots.
Alexander the Great, one of the most recognized and powerful rulers in the history was acclaimed the father of present Macedonian nation. However, modern Macedonia is a young post-Yugoslav, poorly developed country. Dream of the lost nobility was the spark that ignited minds on the both sides of the border. Over 2000 years after the collapse of the empire two countries started the dispute of origins and history as distant as illusory. But generations already been born as Macedonians, within two countries and three geographical Macedonias. Greece was strongly opposing any claims of the piece of history that, they believe, is exclusively Greek heritage.
In order to protect its cultural consistence the government blocked foreign policy of the neighbor affecting isolation of the Republic of Macedonia. What was supposed to elevate the rising nation to its dignity broke its spine while the elected authority radicalized and began to rise concerns about the rule of the law within the country. Macedonian government engaged considerable public funds and serious propaganda apparatus to reinvent the tradition and stimulate national consciousness. Would it be even possible to create the hybrid identity and the establishing myth to give the nation its pride, by erecting monuments made of bronze or plaster? That leads to crucial questions such as what do constitute modern nations or who owns the antiquity – which is also the foundation of the western society.
However the Macedonian question remains unanswered.
Michal Siarek , Born in 1991, Siarek is a documentary photographer, student at cinematography department at PWSFTviT in Lodz, Poland. Fascinated by the Balkan Peninsula issues he has spent three years on his debut essay “Alexander” focused on myths, identity and nationalism in one of the ex-Yugoslav republic. Nominee for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass, he’s the co-founder of Paper Beats Rock publishing house.
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That day, as always, the snowstorm was swirling on and on.
We wandered through tundra for about an hour.
Everything was white all around and I started to forget where the top is and where the bottom is.
The snow was filling my eyes and my mouth. It was hard to breathe, as if you are sinking.
It was impossible to see the border between the sky and the earth through the snowdrift. The earth was like sea.
We drove through the abandoned towns with Stalin-era architecture; they stood white, empty, clean, as bones in the field, whitened by the wind.
The thing about this emptiness is that it is impossible to break it, to fill it.
You are absent. It is you who become everything around: the creek, the river, the fire in the stove, the steam over the fish broth, miles and miles of swamps and a lonely man sleeping on a plank bed.
When the snowstorm was over I went out for a walk.
Tundra was polished by the wind, it was perfectly smooth and white, and I felt uneasy that I should leave my footprints on it.
Igor Elukov is a photographer and filmmaker born in Kirov, Russia in 1991. He is a teacher at “Fotografika” Academy of photojournalism and documentary photography, St. Petersburg, Russia. His work has been exhibited in various galleries such as: “Fotografika” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo) Ian Perry Scholarship exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK (group). Elukov is based in St. Petersburg.
Mid summer moon. Nags Head. #fujifilmX-T2.]]>
Sunday backyard cookout is over and Sara and Travis head home with kids Aida Mae and Christopher tucked in the back of their minivan. Classic Americana. This family now has a 1.5 hour drive on a moonlit but lonely road through the Alligator Wildlife Refuge and the US Navy practice bombing range. They’ll be fine. God is riding with them. Travis is a base player for a Christian Rock band “Milepost 13”. Lucky 13 does indeed rock. #iPhone]]>
Since the September 5, 2014 ceasefire deal in Minsk Both Pro Russia rebels and the UA army used the relative lull to build up their forces and for months the rebels tried to seize Donetsk airport, a strategic and symbolic asset, from government forces. With the start of 2015, a new rebel push began and by 22 January the airport was in their hands. In February 12, 2015 a new ceasefire deal was reached through international mediation, in an attempt to stop the fighting spiraling out of control. The important logistic railway hub city of Debaltseve fell into rebels hands a few days after the deal was struck.
A prolonged crisis in Ukraine began on 21 November 2013, when then-president Viktor Yanukovych suspended preparations for the implementation of an association agreement with the European Union. This decision resulted in mass protests by its opponents, known as the “Euromaidan”. After months of such protests, Yanukovych was ousted by the protesters on 22 February 2014, when he fled the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev. Following his ousting, unrest enveloped the largely Russophone eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, from where he had drawn most of his support. An ensuing political crisis in Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea resulted in the annexation of Crimea by Russia on 18 March. Subsequently, unrest in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine evolved into a war between the post-revolutionary Ukrainian government and pro-Russian insurgents.
The conflict in the east has claimed the lives of more then 9000 people so far. (UN figures- December 2015), and left approximately 660,000 people displaced inside Ukraine (UNHCR- January 2016).
This is one part of a continuing ongoing project 2014-2016 documenting the conflict in East Ukraine between Pro Russia rebels and Ukraine: the way it affects the country within itself/ international relations between Ukraine-The West and Russia.
Growing up in a war conflicted region, Gutman has always been deeply aware of the possibility of loss. Photography empowers him to share this insight, demonstrating the horrible, equalizing moment of the possibility of loss, the universality of vulnerability. There is nothing clearer, nothing more precious than the preservation of the life force in the face of violence and disease. This is what Amnon am attempting to articulate with my images of the world. Gutman is also part of a group of international photojournalists committed to informing the public about the repercussions of environmental degradation on human life around the world: @everydayclimatechange.
As an independent photographer, he has covered the conflict in the East of Ukraine since its began in 2014.
OBX. Now!! I had run down to the sound to secure my little Sunfish for the upcoming summer storm. The ones I love so much. So just a fast iPhone shot.]]>
OBX July 13, 2016.]]>