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.
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.