Assignment 4 – ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’

In looking for a photograph to write about for this assignment I came across the work of Alexey Vasilyev and in particular his series My Dear Yakutia. Vasilyev was born in 1985 in Yatusk, the capital of the Sakha (Yakutia) Repulic in Eastern Russia. The Sakha Repulic is a vast region with an area of just under 1.2 million square miles and a population of under one million. It is also one of the coldest places on the planet with temperatures dropping to minus 60 degrees celcius in winter. The series looks at the identity and daily lives of people in this harsh and sparsely populated region.

© Alexey Vasilyev
© Alexey Vasilyev
© Alexey Vasilyev

I am drawn to this series partly because of the subject matter and partly because of the colour of the images. I will look through Vasilyev’s work in more detail to see if there is an image that I think would be suitable for this assignment.


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