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 воплощённых светом любви негасимых её образах? Как не верить предстающему перед нами в этих образах свету истины?
The thing that I love about Misha Maslennikov’s pictures is that looking at them, really breathing them in, makes me feel like I’m in touch with something deep, something almost holy. There’s a quiet sense of spirituality in his frames—partly thanks to his choice of subject matter, partly due to his expert composition, partly a function of the purity of his approach—that is hard to find elsewhere. I’m a fan.
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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.
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.
'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.
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.