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Sunset of Russian village

© Ilya Osinchuk
Sunset of Russian village
Russia

Kashino, Russia – July 2019

I come to the small village of Kashino in the Novgorod region for the second year in a row. The village is surrounded by agricultural fields, small picturesque river snakes nearby, brick barn is clogged with well-groomed cattle, and the local forests are full of different animals, mushrooms and berries.

Kashino, Russia – July 2019

The settlement has about 50 yards. A total of 10 houses inhabited permanently. Approximately 15-20 houses are populated only for the summer. The remaining buildings fall apart year after year.

It would seem that there are all conditions for work and organization of the household around. But, apparently, Russia has so much land that no one needs it. People flock to large cities, pay millions for miserable concrete caves while villages are rapidly dying and collapsing.

Kashino, Russia – July 2019

I could say that this is a natural process for any country. Such a perfect way to justify any negative aspect of life in Russia. Pure whataboutism in action. However, I cannot calmly look at what is happening after a trip to Poland, where prosperity and order reign in the countryside.

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the authorIlya Osinchuk
Hello! My name is Ilya Osinchuk. I seriously became interested in photography in 2014. From that year I'm always trying to improve my skill and went from mobile to film photography. In my works and series of photographs I try to find and formulate the simplest truth that always lies on the surface, but so often escapes the view of the inhabitant. By simple and clear visual language I’am researching questions of loneliness and widespread poverty, transformation of society and development of science. Expressing my own vision of the world through photography I use ordinary objects around me, as the heroes of photo stories. Traction to simple and clear things in the frame makes shots minimalistic and not requiring overly extensive and complex interpretation.

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