Andre Derain @CentrePompidou

The grand exhibition of Andre Derain at Centre Pompidou in Paris is a landmark show the scale of which has not been seen since the 1994-1995 exhibition at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Derain had a profound influence on me as a painter and is a constant source of inspiration for…

Photography as an ‘Environmental Practice’ @MuseumModernArt

Photographs in essence depict the effects of reflected light falling from the fragments of reality. Villem Flusser, considering the images a form of ‘mediations between the world and the human beings’, defends the view that photography is the most important human invention since the introduction of linear writing. Photographs are not real, in the sense…

The East and West of Fauvism

Two great masters of the twentieth century: Henri Matisse and Martiros Sarian, are probably the most outstanding colourists I know. They do not just use, apply or combine colour, they breath it and live it. The effect of such a passion – exquisite joy of the viewer and pleasure of the senses. The two painters led very different…

Burning Ice @capefarewell ‏

In 2003, 2004 and 2005 three consecutive expeditions to the extreme Arctic featuring photographers, sculptors, scientists and educators sailed among the icebergs to bring to the world a message of our changing climate. The resulting book, ‘Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change’, produced by the lens-based artist, David Buckland, is a testimony to those expeditions…

Where am I now?

In my practice I am using photography to communicate in visual ways the important environmental ideas that benefit from using the photographic approach. I am focusing on environmental landscapes, travel imagery and fine art works that could enhance our understanding of the ecosystems through the use of ‘Goethean science’, i.e. more focused appreciation of the…

‘The Soul of the Camera’ @rocky_nook

‘The Soul of the Camera’ by David duChemin published by Rocky Nook is rare. Not because it is immaculately designed or because it features atmospheric black and white photographs from far away lands. It is all true. I find it unique because of the language duChemin uses to speak about the photographic journey. The author…

Burtinsky @EdwardBurtynsky: OIL

Given the current state of the world with CO2 emissions concentration at 407.96 ppm (Maua Loa Observatory),  over half of the world’s biodiversity lost in the last 40 years (Living Planet index declined 58% between 1970 and 2012 according to WWF Living Planet Report) and 8 mln tonnes of plastic waste entering the oceans every…

Visconti (1957) Le Notti Bianche

The fifth magnum opus by Luchino Visconti, Le Notti Bianche based on a short novel by Dostoevsky is undoubtedly an experience that is not easily forgotten. The original story written in Russian is taking place in St Petersburg during the ‘White Nights’ or a brief period of just over a months from the end of…

Index 2018 Dubai @tradegovuk

Dear Friends! Environment Europe​ has just won a grant of £2500 from the UK Department for International Trade Business to present our environmental art at the leading contemporary interior design fair Index 2018 in Dubai, taking place 26-29 March 2018! We need £4000 to cover additional expenses for the stand, airfares and accommodation as well…

Cartagena @Guardian

I am immensely pleased to have my celebrated image from Cartagena, Colombia published in the Guardian newspaper again: Cartagena by Dr Stanislav Shmelev. There is a good chance that it will be seen by some of the 6.97 million Guardian followers on Twitter. Carthagena, a coastal town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is a…

Pulau Redang @Resurgence_mag

When I visited a little tropical island of Pulau Redang a few years ago,  I was expecting to experience the true tropical paradise with turtles coming to nest on island’s beaches. To my greatest disappointment every single area of island’s life: energy generation, transportation and, especially, waste treatment have shouted about existing problems. I photographed…

Generation Wealth @ICPhotog

The New York based International Center of Photography is hosting an incredibly powerful exhibition ‘Generation Wealth‘ by Lauren Greenfield. The curatorial text has been written by Juliet Schor, one of the co-authors of our new book, ‘Green Economy Reader‘. The exhibition presents a rich tapestry of stories from contemporary America describing the current culture of…