A new selection of the 25 best underwater photos in the world has appeared on the website of National Geographic magazine. Photographs by our leader Viktor Lyagushkin from the Orda cave and the White Sea from the project “Until the Ice Melts” are on the list.
Today, Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin spent a one-hour stream on the official Instagram channel of Nikon @nikonrussia and answered readers’ questions about projects, photographic equipment, inspiration and much more.
The best stream quote: “The better the extreme photographer, the less extreme situations he has.“
From February 23 to March 13, our team of two people – Viktor Lyagushkin and Bogdana Vashchenko – worked in the Optimistic Cave, where they spent 19 days underground. We lived in the underground base camp Oasis located 12 kilometers from the exit. All this time we spent wothout seeing the sun and sky.
I must admit that it was not easy, we became very tired. It was strange to go to the surface, we had to get used to the sunlight again. And the coronavirus epidemic, which managed to spread around the world while we were underground, almost made us come back into the cave. 🙂
In the photographic sense, this expedition was extremely successful. Now we have dozens of magnificent photographs, live and new in our luggage. And all this had been shot in places of the cave that few humans saw.
It should be noted that neither this expedition, nor the project would have been possible without the active participation of the Cyclop Lviv caving club. Its members posed in the photo, helped to bring (and take out) photo and camp equipment, food, and provided all possible assistance.
Special thanks to Bogdan Markovich and Natalia Yudina for organizing expeditions and vigilant monitoring of the safety of participants.
March 7, 2020 in St. Petersburg in the gallery “ART LIGA” launched the exhibition “Life Cycle”, where, among other works, photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin are presented. His photos depict underwater biomorphic sculptures by St. Petersburg artist Denis Lotarev from his science-art project Biofilters.
Denis was inspired by marine creatures living under the ice of the White Sea. As an artist, Denis Lotarev creatively reinterprets biological objects and their significance in human life and in the life of the planet.
The exhibition runs until April 19th.
I swear that everything was as it was written in the article, including the filling of pies and the fear of imaginary bears.
From February 6 to 9, 2020, the annual traditional diving exhibition Dive Show was held in Moscow in Sokolniki. There is so much to tell about it that I did not dare to sit down to write this report for a long time. Well firstly, the most important thing is exhibition
Until The Ice Melts
For the first time our exhibition is presented in such an amount – 20 the best works from the White Sea by Nikon Ambassador and our team leader photographer Viktor Lyagushkin.
One of my best stories about the White Sea is published on the Nikon website. How and under what conditions we have to work, what difficulties an underwater photographer encounters when shooting under the ice. Serious things and oddities in one bottle.
The story is divided into two parts, here are the links:
On December 11, 2019, Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin met his fans at the Kiev School of Photography. The photographer told the audience about the progress of the project Until The Ice Melts, including the world’s first exhibition under the ice, showed videos and photographs taken during the project.
The pre-holiday situation in the city set Viktor in a cheerful mood, so the lecturer decided to appear in front of the audience, leaving the telephone box in the corner of the photo studio, as famous Doctor Who.
A great interview with a member of the PHOTOTEAM.PRO and Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin on the PhotoWebExpo channel.
Honestly and sincerely, Viktor answered the questions: is camera plays the most important role in taking pictures, how to become the best, how do sea animals like to be shot, etc.