Geometry of winter. Exhibition of Sergey Kichigin 05/12/2018 automatic translate
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Музей современного искусства Эрарта
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Becoming the proud owner of a professional camera, economist and official Sergei Kichigin directed his lens on the beauty of the Russian North and on the snow in particular.
He was inspired by US photographer and scientist Kenneth Liebrecht, the creator of an illustrated guide of snowflakes. Armed with the necessary equipment, Sergei Kichigin also began to shoot unique ice crystals in high resolution.
Snowflakes were pretty capricious models. First they have to catch on the glass, and then transferred to a prepared cold room, where the photo session begins. Shooting on the street without any devices, unfortunately, did not give sufficient sharpness to all the faces of the crystal in the image.
An additional difficulty in the work of the photographer was that the snow suitable for filming in the Vologda region, where the author lives, falls about 3-6 times during the winter. In the rest of the time, snow crumbles or heavily stuck together crystals, unsuitable for shooting, fall from the sky. On rare suitable days, the photographer has to keep up either to the very beginning of the snowfall, or to its end - on the edge of a cloud of snowflakes do not so often collide and reach the earth intact. Temperature and humidity are also important for the shooting process: the most beautiful and durable crystals appear at temperatures of about minus 15 degrees.
The photographer continued to face challenges not only in the process of catching snowflakes, but also when working in the “studio”. Any source of constant light is the heat that destroys the crystals, so Sergei had to invent a complex protection system for the “models”.
Having overcome all technical difficulties, for several years Vologda photographer Sergey Kichigin created one of the world’s largest collections of photographs of snowflakes. He held three solo exhibitions, and his work participated and won in many Russian and international competitions (National Geographic, Michael The Maven Photography Contest, Nikon Small World (USA), The Photographic Angle (Great Britain) and others).
Pictures of Sergey Kichin are now kept in many private collections in Russia and abroad, they are being acquired for advertising campaigns by companies from all over the world.
The exhibition in the Erarte Museum will present not only selected images, but also fascinating video tapes, allowing to see the mystery of the formation of ice crystals.