Time in the Mezen villages seems to have stood still, with its backdrop of centuries-old wooden cabins, ruined churches, and archaic crosses; people talk more about former times than about the here and now; the past seems more real than the present.
When you leave Moscow for province you feel like crossing the border between two different worlds, the feeling of space changes so the feeling of time does.
The first thing we think of when we hear “Kolyma” is the years of the Stalin’s repressions. It still bears some scars of the past, the age of brutal develop.
a sinning man or sinner in old Russian notation
I think that it’s important to go deeper than the religious side of the event that lies on the surface, to try to show the person outside of the crowd. To depict the conversation with God, while not going into extremes: without cynicism on one hand and avoiding being pious on the other.
The Black Sea is rarely calm now, the southern winds in winter bring rain clouds and storms, raging sea here looks very dark, almost black, legend has it that this is the reason ancient Greeks called it The Black Sea.
Up river Pinega that flows in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia, the villages form so called “bushes” — 15-20 villages around a central larger town.