5 April 2012

A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters

One of my recent discoveries; photographer Bertien Van Manen, who captures the beauty in the seemingly undramatic moments of everyday life.

In 1990 a book was published called A hundred summers, A hundred winters. It was the result of Dutch photographer Bertien Van Manen's three year travels through the former Soviet Union. A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters refers to the span of time, space, and emotional distance Bertien captured over these years, traveling across Russia by train and bus, documenting people in Moscow, Uzbekistan, Siberia, Moldavia, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Georgia.

I discovered on Tumblr, an image from her latest book Let's sit down before we go. The book is comprised of a collection of images edited, and sequenced by the British photographer Stephen Gill. Standing as a metaphor for the subject of the book, the title of this series reflects a Russian tradition which dictates that before embarking on a long journey, one should sit down for a moment and reflect upon the journey they are about to undertake.

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