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Photobook: The Earth’s Circle. Kolodozero

Simon Skinner - 5 years ago

The village of Kolodozero, deeply concealed in the woods of Pudozh, is located on the border between Arkhangelsk Oblast and Karelia in Russia. In ancient times, people settled on the northern flanks of the local bodies of water – rivers and lakes. Kolodozero therefore consists of a handful of small hamlets Lakhta, Isakovo, Ust’-Reka, Pogost’, Zaozerye, and Dubovo

The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.
The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.

Houses are scattered along the picturesque lake’s shores and capes. Fifteen years ago, these places enchanted three friends from Moscow who were strolling around the north and searching for the meaning of life, and most likely, themselves as well. In 2001, they jointly gathered resources and started building a new church to replace the old one that was burned down back in 1977.

One of the friends, the redhead rebel and punk Arkadiy Shlykov, who graduated from the Moscow Spiritual Seminary accepted the ordination in 2005. 40 years later, therefore, parochial life was born anew in the village.

The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.
The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.
The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.

The stern locals at first cast much suspicion onto the shaggy-haired, rockstar-resembling priest, but
later on came to love him wholeheartedly. They accepted his freedom, both external and internal, and appreciated his character; peace-loving and gentle. This is a story about the people of the Russian
North, about what keeps them together, about the spirit and soul, about their passions and emotions.
Born in Moscow in 1977, the documentary photographer Ekaterina Solovieva has lived in
Hamburg since 2006. Her work focuses mainly on the life of simple country folk living in countries of the former Soviet Union. She places a particular emphasis on religious traditions and customs. Her first book, ПАЛОМНИКИ [Pilgrimage], was published by Bad Weather Press in 2014. Her work has been published in many foreign and Russian magazines such as: BBC Russia, Russia Today, GEO, Leica Fotografie International, Orthodoxy and the World. Many of her projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings across the world.

The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero.
The Earth’s Circle. Kolodozero. Cover.

Design: Konstantin Eremenko
ISBN: 978 90 5330 899 8
Format: 18 x 24 cm, Paperback, 144 pages with 68 photos in duotone
Price: £30
Publisher: Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.