8th Expedition into Optimistic Cave

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. ūüôā
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.

Viktor Lyagushkin & Seventeen Strobes

October 4, Moscow hosted the presentation of the sixth issue of Yevgeny Feldman’s slick magazine¬† Svoy, which was completely dedicated to Viktor Lyagushkin’s art. Photos and stories “from caves and seas” on the pages of the new issue, and even more remarkable stories by Viktor during the presentation captivated the audience.

Photos from the presentation by Tatyana Mordvinova.

Photograph by Viktor in VIEW Magazine

LYG_4983Congratulations to Viktor Lyagushkin with publication in the VIEW Magazine. Editors featured one of his stunning photographs from the Third Element Project displaying bright weird pattern of the walls of the labyrinth of Sylvinite mine located at depth -400 m (Urals, Russia). Sylvinite was well known from the middle ages but its real value was discovered in 20th century. Potassium fertilisers produced of the sylvinite saved many countries of famine and crop failure.

The Most Important People in Our Magazine

NGR September 2013The piece by Editor-In-Chief in National Geographic Russia Alexander Grek is dedicated to photographers, the most important people of the Magazine, he said.

Our leader, photographer Viktor Lyagushkin is amongst them. Thank you, Alexander, for your warm words, we are proud to work with you and your Magazine. And hope our collaboration will be even more fruitful in the future.

Ice Cave Spherical Panorama

Mariinskaya caveMariinskaya cave. Urals, Russia

The team of speleologists descended the cave to monitor the state of the glacier.

The cave is covered with ice all year round. Relict cave glacier records climate changes, keeping centuries in its memory. Also bones of cave bear had been found in the cave.

Camera Nikon D3x, 12 strobes Nissin Di866. radio controls Flama.
Speleologists: Igor lavrov, Bogdana Vashchenko, Alexander Chemodanov, Natalia Chemodanova, Eugenia Suzdaleva, Nikolay Ushakov.

Photo by Viktor Lyagushkin
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