Messengers and Promises

2022

In Norilsk there are many pipes, strange stones underfoot and dove-colored clouds. Mountains are visible from almost all points of the city, giving people their most expensive resources. Once upon a time, shamans climbed them to recharge themselves with the energy of the Sun, which refuses to go beyond the horizon in summer.

About ten years ago, pigeons were noticed here, which, for reasons known only to them, settled in a territory previously inaccessible due to the harsh climate. This makes me anxious.

John Berger wrote that animals are able to surprise us with their secrets addressed specifically to humans. For example, our distant ancestors, who did not separate culture from nature, were amazed by the ability of birds to fly and make distant migrations. That is why winged demiurges occupy the most important place in the Northern mythology. At the same time, images of synanthropic species, including pigeons, are not found for obvious reasons. What if the moment has come when we must try to decipher their messages? 

In an attempt to visualize my disturbing assumptions, I combine images from objective reality with fantasy. My gaze is directed to the environment, and my thoughts are directed to the future. Pressing the shutter finally tangles the threads of temporality and the resulting photographs depict a world that exists everywhere and nowhere, today and tomorrow.

Pigeon does not care deeply. He lives where he lives. But it definitely means something.

Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography
Messengers and Promises. Lesha Pavlov | photography