“Museum of one picture” is an exhibition which has started in the framework of the Festival of Contemporary Photography at Moscow Exhibition Center, pavilion №59 “Grain”. The exhibition is represented by the only one photograph: the work by Viktor Lyagushkin “We are of one blood.”
This is a picture from the project “Princess of Whales”, on which the two-time champion and world record holder Natalie Avseenko swims with beluga whales under the ice of the White Sea.
On our photo to this post Natalie stands herself beside this remarkable photograph.
We were very touched to find on Twitter a poem inspired by one of Viktor’s photographs with Natalie Avseenko posing under the ice of the White sea. It’s amazing how accurate the author Shay Lee (@shayoflee) feels the spirit of the picture and we are so glad that our work inspires others. Thank you, Shay Lee!
The world’s only underice UW artist, Denis Lotarev Art will join the #Seagull expedition. He is going to draw a picture of the Seagull (Natalie Avseenko) staying underwater during photo and video shooting.
This is a vivid illustration how people share ideas if they are really good. Do wish Denis to create a new vision and add one more dimension into the project.
#Seagull is a project of freedom, finding oneself, about life after death and love conquering death.
Freedom, love and flight – it’s hard to say how they are related, but somehow the simple words excite all the people of our planet. They make us dream, make our hearts run faster, this is something that is worth living.
Our project is named #Seagull. Seagull is not just a bird, it is a symbol of struggle, symbol of soul, connection between the worlds, a personification of grief and happiness. It is Jonathan Livingston Seagull flying from the parable by Richard Bach; it is the Stormy Petrel by Maxim Gorky. It is a story of difficult obstacles, intractable obstacles, the will, desire, and feelings of a person who wins what cannot be beat. Continue reading →
This morning I’ve received a warm email from Jesse Blackadder, the author of a great novell “Chasing the Light”. It reads: “I’m the author of the book that features one of your exquisite photos on the cover. I’d really like to link to your website for more information about that shot. … I’m sure my readers will be fascinated – I’ve had so many great comments about the cover!”
Dear Jesse, that is a good question, I’ll tell you the story with pleasure. The woman on this photo is Natalie Avseenko, twice world champion in freediving.
These two women (Natalie’s and your heroine) were seperated with 80 years and resided on the opposite ends of the earth, but their stories seem to have similar features. These two women are very feminine and strong at the same time; I think, it was their inner integrity and fidelity to themselves made them who they are.
The shot had been captured by Viktor Lyagushkin in the White sea, behind the North Polar Circle, 2011. In this project Natalie freedived naked with white whales. Swimming with belugas was her child dream, but why she was naked? Continue reading →