Emil Gataullin, Mezen: By Sky’s Edge
In his “Mezen: By Sky’s Edge” series, the Russian photographer (born 1972) introduces us to a slowly disappearing village on the banks of the Mezen, a river in Northern Russia. Once an important agricultural centre, the region has gradually lost significance; and the few people still living there are, once again, forced to be self-sufficient.
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A special breed of horses, the Mezen horse, was bred in the Mezen River valley. These horses are suitable for difficult work and easily survive cold winters.
A teacher walks home after school.
A local boy rides his motorbike.
A telegraph pole, cut down for firewood by locals.
A girl leans on the fence around her home.
A man prepares a small ferry (a home-built raft, powered by a motorboat, and able to carry one car) to move cars across the Mezen River.
Kids and their teachers build a snow fortress in the school yard.
Boats on the banks of Vashka River, one of the smaller tributaries flowing into the Mezen. For people living on the river, a boat is their main means of transportation. Some villages on the Mezen River system can only be reached by boat.
A man rests by a shed, after having a drink.
An abandoned car with church ruins in the background.
An old woman stands with a home-made fishing rod on the banks of the Mezen River.
A local hunter smokes in the forest, during the hunt.
Soviet-era kindergarten playground.