1. Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in the village of Prudki, 1850/1900 ~ 1939

    Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in the village of Prudki, 1850/1900 ~ 1939

    Church of St Nicolas in the village of Terenteevo, 1831 ~ unknown (a er 1917)

    Church of St Nicolas in the village of Terenteevo, 1831 ~ unknown (a er 1917)

    Church of the Presentation of Our Lady in the village of Pet, 1913 ~ 1920s

    Church of the Presentation of Our Lady in the village of Pet, 1913 ~ 1920s

    Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Cherepovo, 1824 ~ 1940

    Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Cherepovo, 1824 ~ 1940

    Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Piataya Gora, 1831 ~ 1943

    Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Piataya Gora, 1831 ~ 1943

    Church of St Peter and St Paul in the village of Zagorie, 1803 ~ 1930s

    Church of St Peter and St Paul in the village of Zagorie, 1803 ~ 1930s

    Church of Our Lady of the Sign in the village of Teploe, 1797 ~ 1937

    Church of Our Lady of the Sign in the village of Teploe, 1797 ~ 1937

    Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Andrianovo, 1831 ~ 1936

    Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Andrianovo, 1831 ~ 1936

    Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Aristovo, 1671 ~ 1963

    Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Aristovo, 1671 ~ 1963

    Church of the Meeting of Our Lord in Rezanino, 1803 ~ 1960s

    Church of the Meeting of Our Lord in Rezanino, 1803 ~ 1960s

    Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Kosmachevo, 1824 ~ 1940s/1960s

    Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Kosmachevo, 1824 ~ 1940s/1960s

    Church of Nicetah the Martyr in the village of Kazarinovo, 1904 ~ 1934

    Church of Nicetah the Martyr in the village of Kazarinovo, 1904 ~ 1934

    Church of St Nicolas in the village of Kaverino, 1911 ~ 1920s or1930s

    Church of St Nicolas in the village of Kaverino, 1911 ~ 1920s or1930s

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      Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in the village of Prudki, 1850/1900 ~ 1939

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      Church of St Nicolas in the village of Terenteevo, 1831 ~ unknown (a er 1917)

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      Church of the Presentation of Our Lady in the village of Pet, 1913 ~ 1920s

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      Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Cherepovo, 1824 ~ 1940

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      Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Piataya Gora, 1831 ~ 1943

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      Church of St Peter and St Paul in the village of Zagorie, 1803 ~ 1930s

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      Church of Our Lady of the Sign in the village of Teploe, 1797 ~ 1937

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      Church of the Holy Trinty in the village of Andrianovo, 1831 ~ 1936

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      Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Aristovo, 1671 ~ 1963

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      Church of the Meeting of Our Lord in Rezanino, 1803 ~ 1960s

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      Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Kosmachevo, 1824 ~ 1940s/1960s

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      Church of Nicetah the Martyr in the village of Kazarinovo, 1904 ~ 1934

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      Church of St Nicolas in the village of Kaverino, 1911 ~ 1920s or1930s

    The series reflects on the role and place of the ruined church in contemporary Russian landscape, and on how it relates to our perception of history and time. Scattered throughout the landscape the ruins come as remnants of Russia's own antiquity, something not too distant in time, but seemingly unrelated to the country of today. As Russia seems to be searching its past for the lost identity, the ruins pose a question: who do we want associate ourselve with—those who built these churches, or those who closed them down? Neither, or both? 

    The selection is part of a larger project commenced in 2013. The work was shortlisted for Sony World Photography awards in 2016.