Путь жизни бесхитростен в своём ежеминутном явлении, до минуты, путь этот завершающей и всю скорбь любви обнажающей. Время копит любовь, превращая бесхитростность предшествующих минут в откровение бытия человеческой души, облачённой в покров плоти и крови, воедино слитой с просторами обетованных ей земных пределов, и удел этот возделывающей.
Как не надеяться на предназначение жизни человеческой, каждой из её минут, ставших вечными в воплощенных светом любви негасимых её образах? Как не верить предстающему перед нами в этих образах свету истины?
Misha Maslennikov takes pictures not only in the Altai, but throughout Russia: in the villages near St. Petersburg, along the Volga, in the Don Cossack settlements, the northern lands of the Chukchi.
His method is time-consuming: he moves into the village for weeks, lives and works together with the locals, and only rarely takes out the camera.
Most pictures are extremely simple. In their focus there is one single face, figure or animal, and the rest of the image is blurred or insignificant. This figure, however, always radiates such an intense beauty that you feel: well yes, it is no stunt to capture well such a perfect face.
Probably this is what time is necessary for. The photograph must gradually discover the different kind of perfection of each face, so that when he takes out the camera, the image is already living in him. As if what we see in the picture, were not conveyed by the picture’s visual means — which seem to be almost unexisting — but directly from the figure’s personality. As a final stage of simplicity, the photo eliminates itself.
When I got to know Misha's work, I was deeply moved. The warmth that emanates from the relationship between photographer and subject, whether elderly adults or children, is only available to some. And Misha is one of them.
I look at your photos and I see a wonderful interaction with the people you photograph and a close influence with Andrei Tarkovsky's photos.
Misha does an extraordinary job documenting the people, life, culture, and magical world of the steppe with his poetic black and white photography. His work reminds us that the urban and digitized world that many of live in today is just one of many on this vast planet, and that the people he photographs are closer to the ageless struggle of human existence than many of will ever experience in our 21st century lives.
Sto qui a guardare la sua serie di immagini e rimango incollato allo schermo, attratto da colori e grigi di una fotografia antica e ormai introvabile. Le sfumature che riproducono temperature e atmosfere che credevo confinate soltanto nei film di Bergman e che ora ritrovo nei volti dei personaggi e nelle ombre delle foto di misha. Sono affascinato dalla sua tecnica e dai suoi tagli drammatici delle scene… forse la mia è soltanto sana invidia!
'In different regions, the nature is beautiful in its own way. From time immemorial, people have lived in harmony with nature.'Misha Maslennikov who I was lucky enough to interview for The Calvert Journal, looking at his many projects shot in the Russian countryside.
An amazing artist whose vision is sincere and captivating. It creates a sense of longing and of nostalgia. It stirs deep feelings and evokes long forgotten emotions.
Since the time i saw your first image i was ecstatic with the power you have to paint with light and the emerging poetry of your images; “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”. John Keats
Mr. Maslennikov, I salute you. Your work is really beautiful. Russian photography continues to fascinate me — mostly due to work like yours. Anyway, God love you and I hope to enjoy more of your work in the future. So — not to go on for too long — a huge thank YOU for proving that real human photography is still alive. Best regards, Stephen.
Your photography is a window into the Russian culture, religion and spirit. You have a unique gift to be able to capture feelings that are genuine and real and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to experience your work. I really admire what you're doing!
One should have a deep insight into these art works of orthodox views so simple and pure as heaven… “gong de wu liang” say Chinese buddhism. Beautiful and impressive. Sincere Congratulation, from a foreign photograph friend far away from you but near by spirit.
Excellent your photos, I wish one day dreamed and impossible to know that up close.