Dear friends, we are happy to be back from our White Sea 2018 expedition. We spend behind the Arctic Circle 4 weeks, from the middle of the March to the middle of April, did 75 dives under the ice, feasted our eyes on aurora borealis and take hundreds of gigabytes of amazing photographs. Now it is time to look through them, to select the best of the best.
Many thanks to the Arctic Circle Diving Centre for their kind invitation and open-armed welcome.
Here in Moscow the spring is in full power, and only photos may help us to travel down memory line and bring to mind an old joke: “There are two states of water: warm and solid”. Here is the proof – Bogdana SnowKitty and Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer Viktor Lyagushkin did dive into solid water. 🙂
January 24, 2018, within the framework of the PhotoFest in the Kyiv School of Photography the exhibition by Viktor Lyagushkin and the team PHOTOTEAM.PRO “Walking under the sea” was opened. The basis of the exhibition was stills from the project #Seagull and retrospective of previous projects: Being a Dolphin, Magic World of the Blue Lake, Princess of Whales, Lady of the Orda Cave.
At the opening lecture Viktor told about the projects presented at the exhibition, about his vision of photography and held a small quiz with his book “Being a Dolphin” as a prize.
The exhibition will last until March 12, 2018.
Interview with Natalie Avseenko for the City Magazine illustrated by great photos by Viktor Lyagushkin. The story tells us about the philosophy of freediving, projects by the record holder, and what it’s like to live in one breath. To be read in the January-February issue for 2018.
V Pristine Russia exhibition will be held from 26 January till 25 February in the Central House of Artists (Moscow, Russia). The exhibition is a part of the Pristine Russia Festival dedicated to Russian nature and wild life.
This year Moscow citizens will have possibility to see a special guest of the Festival – Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition.
Among hundreds of other works visitors may found there 3 photos by Viktor Lyagushkin from Baikal Lake.
The #Seagull exhibition had been held 1 – 4 of February within Moscow Dive Show 2018. The Show becomes more and more popular, and this year it attracted 20 000 visitors from different countries.
24 meters of walls decorated with blue fabric and unusual photos showed to visitors underwater and under ice world of Lazurny Quarry, where the project had been performed.
At the opening ceremony Viktor Lyagushkin’s fans presented to the photographer a crocheted camera created by artist Jesika Geut. This is an accurate copy of the photographer’s favourite camera Nikon Df.
Our team takes part in the charitable project Reefcalendar. PHOTOTEAM.PRO member, Nikon Ambassador SUBAL Pro Team member Viktor Lyagushkin entered the project with his photography “Swan Swims Over the Sky”. There are also such famous photographers as Lynn Funkhouser and Christian Vizl and other.
Hotel Le Méridien Vienna hosted an exhibition with the photographs included. Exhibition is open for visitors from 29th of November till 15th of January. All money raised during the project will be spent for salvation of reefs of Southern Seas.
Big story in National Geographic Georgia Magazine by me, Bogdana Vashchenko, illustrated with photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin, about Vashlovani National Reserve, our of the oldest National Reserves in Georgia. It’s an honour for us to be published in the festive issue of the Magazine, dedicated to its 5-th Anniversary.
Working on the story I was so impressed how it had been possible for all sides to Mind-Meld: the government, non-state organization NACRES, and shepherds.
Here in Vashlovani it is easy to see how strongly tied humans and nature.
June 26 и 27 Viktor Lyagushkin had held two lectures for Russian Nikon: for graduates of Nikon Photo School and photographers for NPS. The theme of his lectures was underwater photography. Viktor told to the auditory about history of arising of the branch, physics of UW photography and gave recommendations about necessary photo technics.
The #Seagull movie has been shown during the St-Petersburg International Festival Festival of Festivals (20 – 29 june, St.Petersburg,Russia). It was a part of out-of-competition show of works-Laureates of the 8th Independent International Internet Festival of Author’s Cinema IISFF 8.
Finally I hold in my hands a special issue of National Geographic (Georgia) Magazine with our feature story In the Giant’s Palms about unique canyons of Western Georgia. What is it like to be a pioneer, are there any more white spots on Earth? All this with the ingenious photos by Viktor Lyagushkin.
The issue is available in Russian and English.
Thanks to Irakli Julakidze, Amiran Jamrishvili, Valery Barbaqadze, Gigo Oniani and Club Tetnuldi for their help in creating photos and materials.