February 6, 2017
The Gallery of Classical Photography to open
"The Arctic: Step by Step" exhibition
From February 8 to March 19, 2017, the Gallery of Classical Photography will host "The Arctic: Step by Step. Polar Expedition Kartesh exhibition. The exhibition features the works of photo artists who, together with scientists, have traveled more than eight thousand miles in the waters of the White, Barents and Kara Seas aboard the research vessel Kartesh. The expedition started at the port of Murmansk, proceeded to the White Sea with a call to the port of Arkhangelsk, then to Novaya Zemlya and Vaygach island with a call at the port of Naryan-Mar. Then the vessel traveled the Kara Sea she passed along the Yamal coast to the Gulf of Ob with a call at the port of Yamburg.
The spectators are invited to follow the path of a months-long expedition in the waters of the Western Arctic, together with a group of professional photographers, Yaroslav Amelin, Vladimir Vaskin, Andrei Ermakov and Alexander Terekhov, to answer the questions: what do we know about the Arctic today? What happens in the Arctic? How fragile is the world of the Arctic? Finally, what can we do together for the development of the Arctic region and people who live in this remote area?
At the exhibition, you can admire the landscapes through the lenses of the photographers, who allow you to look at the Arctic from a new, unfamiliar perspective. The Arctic region is usually portrayed as lifeless land covered with snow surrounded by ice-bound sea. The photographers of the Polar Expedition Kartesh projects saw another Arctic, blossoming, sunny, with azure, crystal clear waters of the northern seas and stunning sunrises and sunsets. Much attention is paid to flora and fauna, as the Arctic is a home for many species listed in the Red Book of Russia.
You will learn about the scientific research, important for the development of the Russian Arctic, conducted as part of the expedition. Throughout the route, research specialists carried out various surveys in the field of marine biology, ecology, geomorphology, ornithology directly from the vessel and by coastal research groups. Photographers were not only engaged in artistic photography, they organized photo exhibitions for residents of hard-to-reach settlements along the route of the ship.
The missionary activity of Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar and Mezen, who joined the expedition in Arkhangelsk, was a special feature of the expedition. His grace Iacov organized an Orthodox community in the polar settlement of Shoyna and consecrated the building site of the chapel, performed the rite of the baptism of the caretaker of the lighthouse Andrey on Kanin Nos in the waters of the Barents Sea, and also consecrated the houses of local residents and meteorological stations along the route of the vessel. The services conducted by Iakov aboard the research vessel Kartesh were of great importance to the crew and expedition participants.