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.
Skeleton shrimps caprellas are sitting on a laminaria leaf. They are very funny animals, albeit very small: they grow to a maximum of 5 cm in length. Caprellas are very social: they communicate, eat and fight each other without stop.
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.
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.
On November 15, there was a presentation of our Сalendar 2020 with photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin in the cafe “Our Circle”. It sounds very formal, but in fact it was a very chamber, almost family event.
Viktor told the guests about underwater animals that inhabit the White Sea, paid special attention to those whose photos were included in the Calendar. Bogdana Vashchenko spoke about climate change in the Russian Arctic and the impact of the change on the lives of animals and people.
Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin and Nobel Laureate Alexei Kokorin at the opening of the exhibition
November 9, 2019 in the building of the Pomorsk Philharmonic in Arkhangelsk, the opening of the exhibition of photographs by Viktor Lyagushkin “Until The Ice Melts” took place in the form of a public talk where visitors could listen to Viktor’s stories about underwater photography, to ask climate scientist and Nobel laureate Alexei Kokorin, and attend a lecture by ecological journalist Bogdana Vashchenko “Climate change and people: what will happen to us?”
In total, 22 works from the White Sea cycle are presented at the exhibition, showing how marine life lives under ice. The exhibition runs until January 20, 2020.
Director of the Pomorsk Philarmonic Vasily Larionov starts a public talk
Ecological journalist Bogdana Vashchenko at her lecture
Viktor Lyagushkin gives an interview to a local TV
“Angel Hunters” – our article with Viktor Lyagushin for the Russian diving magazine “Extreme Depth” about underwater world of the White Sea and the everyday life of the photographer on the Arctic Circle. Lyrics, biology and travel notes.
Nikon Ambassador Viktor Lyagushkin talks about the world’s first under ice photo exhibition “Until the Ice Melts”, which had been exhibited under the ice of the White Sea in February-April 2019. How the idea had been born, what difficulties had to be encountered in the process of its implementation, the author says.
My feature story for National Geographic Georgia, illustrated with Viktor Lyagushkin’s photography, about the Black Sea dolphins and dedicated scientists. During the work on the material I was deeply impressed with Professor Natia Kopaliani from Elias University in Tbilisi, who heads the program for studying and counting marine mammals of the Black Sea. There are only seven people in her group, but they manage with a huge amount of work: this includes counting dolphins and analysis of tissues of dead sea mammals for dangerous viruses and genetic analysis, assessing the diet of dolphins based on fish otoliths found in their stomachs, a lot of samples and so on. And finally, accurate and literate work with the obtained data, which then builds the most interesting scientific publications.
The work of the group made such an impression on me that I changed my original idea to devote an article to Black Sea dwellers only, shifting the emphasis to the work of scientists.