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Andrei Kozlov, Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland. Krasnoyarsk is the largest of the ancient cities of Siberia and an industrial centre. The city sits on either side of the Yenisei River where the West Siberian Plain, Middle Siberian Plateau, and Altay-Sayany Mountains come together. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #krasnoyarsknature
Andrei Kozlov, Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland. Krasnoyarsk is the largest of the ancient cities of Siberia and an industrial centre. The city sits on either side of the Yenisei River where the West Siberian Plain, Middle Siberian Plateau, and Altay-Sayany Mountains come together. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #krasnoyarsknature
Sergei Kostarev, Lecturer in Political Science, Omsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook
Sergei Kostarev, Lecturer in Political Science, Omsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook
Babushka outside her dacha,  Karabolka, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. One of the world's worst nuclear accidents happened just upwind of here, in a closed atomic city called Ozersk, that never appeared on a map, when an explosion of radioactive sludge produced a toxic plume that contaminated a quarter of a million people. It happened in the Soviet Union on Sept. 29, 1957, but only in recent years are the victims' voices being heard. Communist authorities responded to the accident with a global cover-up and a scorched-earth cleanup. Even as they evacuated entire Russian communities, they sent 1,500 ethnic Tatar farmers into the hot zones to do the dirty work. Many villagers that survived suffer ongoing health problems. This particular women lived through the tragedy- she didn’t want to give her name. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #karabolka #
Babushka outside her dacha, Karabolka, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. One of the world's worst nuclear accidents happened just upwind of here, in a closed atomic city called Ozersk, that never appeared on a map, when an explosion of radioactive sludge produced a toxic plume that contaminated a quarter of a million people. It happened in the Soviet Union on Sept. 29, 1957, but only in recent years are the victims' voices being heard. Communist authorities responded to the accident with a global cover-up and a scorched-earth cleanup. Even as they evacuated entire Russian communities, they sent 1,500 ethnic Tatar farmers into the hot zones to do the dirty work. Many villagers that survived suffer ongoing health problems. This particular women lived through the tragedy- she didn’t want to give her name. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #karabolka #
Ilya Helfenbein, Head of Products, Novosoft, Akademgorodok, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. In 1958 Akademgorodok was an experimental city of Soviet scientists whose mission was to surpass the achievements of Western science. The town suffered after Perestroika and many of its brightest scientists left for the West. Today, a handful of high-tech research companies and institutes draw on the abilities of talented young scientists. On the wall is a photograph of the then jailed Russian oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #akademgorodok
Ilya Helfenbein, Head of Products, Novosoft, Akademgorodok, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. In 1958 Akademgorodok was an experimental city of Soviet scientists whose mission was to surpass the achievements of Western science. The town suffered after Perestroika and many of its brightest scientists left for the West. Today, a handful of high-tech research companies and institutes draw on the abilities of talented young scientists. On the wall is a photograph of the then jailed Russian oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #akademgorodok
Vitalik, Zelenogradsk Russian Orthodox Church, Kaliningrad, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland.  Kaliningrad is unlike any other region of Russia given it’s disconnected from Russia’s mainland and situated between Lithuania and Poland. The region’s capital, also named Kaliningrad, was formerly the German city of Königsberg until the Red Army seized it in 1945. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #zelenogradsk #kaliningradregion
Vitalik, Zelenogradsk Russian Orthodox Church, Kaliningrad, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland. Kaliningrad is unlike any other region of Russia given it’s disconnected from Russia’s mainland and situated between Lithuania and Poland. The region’s capital, also named Kaliningrad, was formerly the German city of Königsberg until the Red Army seized it in 1945. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #zelenogradsk #kaliningradregion
Elsa, Ingushetia, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland. Elsa stands outside the front door to the one-room dwelling she shares with her father, mother and two brothers in the Tanzila Settlement for internally displaced people. The family fled Grozny after the start of the second war in Chechnya. Her father is a trained anaesthetist but in Ingushetia can only find work in a factory tanning cattle hides. Elsa attends a local school. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #ingushetia
Elsa, Ingushetia, Russia 2005 from the series Motherland. Elsa stands outside the front door to the one-room dwelling she shares with her father, mother and two brothers in the Tanzila Settlement for internally displaced people. The family fled Grozny after the start of the second war in Chechnya. Her father is a trained anaesthetist but in Ingushetia can only find work in a factory tanning cattle hides. Elsa attends a local school. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #ingushetia
Arkadiy and Polina, Tomsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland.
The couple worked for the locally based Siberia Aids Trust, which aims to educate students about the effects of HIV and Aids in Russia. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #tomskcity
Arkadiy and Polina, Tomsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. The couple worked for the locally based Siberia Aids Trust, which aims to educate students about the effects of HIV and Aids in Russia. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #tomskcity
Navel cadet, Chelyabinsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook.
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Motherland was made during a year’s journey through Russia from 2004-2005 and the series included a combination of landscape photographs and environmental portraiture. Over the next couple of weeks, fifteen years after starting the journey, I'm going to share a few of my favourite portraits - chronologically - from the resulting book (pub: Chris Boot, 2007).
Navel cadet, Chelyabinsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook. . Motherland was made during a year’s journey through Russia from 2004-2005 and the series included a combination of landscape photographs and environmental portraiture. Over the next couple of weeks, fifteen years after starting the journey, I'm going to share a few of my favourite portraits - chronologically - from the resulting book (pub: Chris Boot, 2007).
Zifa at home, Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. In September 2004 Chechen separatists from Ingushetia attacked a school in Beslan where they took more than 1100 people hostage. The siege ended after three days in a battle between Russian security forces and Chechen rebels that killed 330 people, half of them children. Sadly, Zifa’s eight-year-old son Alexander died in her arms as a result of shrapnel wounds from one of the explosions. Her second son survived the attack. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #beslan  #northossetia
Zifa at home, Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. In September 2004 Chechen separatists from Ingushetia attacked a school in Beslan where they took more than 1100 people hostage. The siege ended after three days in a battle between Russian security forces and Chechen rebels that killed 330 people, half of them children. Sadly, Zifa’s eight-year-old son Alexander died in her arms as a result of shrapnel wounds from one of the explosions. Her second son survived the attack. #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #beslan #northossetia
Slava, Yuri and President Vladimir Putin, Pyatigorsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. Pyatigorsk, which is situated in the North Caucasus of Russia, was made famous by Mikhail Lermontov who, in an echo of the plot from his novel A Hero of Our Time, was killed here in a duel in 1841. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #portraitofputin
Slava, Yuri and President Vladimir Putin, Pyatigorsk, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. Pyatigorsk, which is situated in the North Caucasus of Russia, was made famous by Mikhail Lermontov who, in an echo of the plot from his novel A Hero of Our Time, was killed here in a duel in 1841. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #portraitofputin
Meat market, Pyatigorsk, Northern Caucasus, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. Ok, so maybe not a straight portrait but one of my top three photographs from the book...I love this women’s sense of presence and the lush red hues: of the meat, her lipstick, her hair. Unfortunately I have no details about her, it was a fleeting moment. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #pyatigorsk #meatmarket
Meat market, Pyatigorsk, Northern Caucasus, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. Ok, so maybe not a straight portrait but one of my top three photographs from the book...I love this women’s sense of presence and the lush red hues: of the meat, her lipstick, her hair. Unfortunately I have no details about her, it was a fleeting moment. #aportraitofrussia #motherlandbook #pyatigorsk #meatmarket
Maxim, Cossack soldier, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. The word Cossack is derived from the Turkic term ‘Kazan’, meaning free man or adventurer.
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Motherland was made during a year’s journey through Russia from 2004-2005 and the series included a combination of landscape photographs and environmental portraiture. Over the next couple of weeks, fifteen years after starting the journey, I'm going to share a few of my favourite portraits - chronologically - from the resulting book (pub: Chris Boot, 2007). #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #cossacksoldier #rostovondon
Maxim, Cossack soldier, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 2005 from the series Motherland. The word Cossack is derived from the Turkic term ‘Kazan’, meaning free man or adventurer. . . Motherland was made during a year’s journey through Russia from 2004-2005 and the series included a combination of landscape photographs and environmental portraiture. Over the next couple of weeks, fifteen years after starting the journey, I'm going to share a few of my favourite portraits - chronologically - from the resulting book (pub: Chris Boot, 2007). #motherlandbook #aportraitofrussia #cossacksoldier #rostovondon
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