Proper cold

It’s been a bit chilly in Britain. So here’s a slideshow of real cold. It comes via the lens of Simon Roberts – whose We English I scribbled about a while back.

From Russian’s far north, they are in colour but it’s a pale, laid bare colour that almost feels like painted over monochrome. People seldom feature directly but what is shown instead is the strange defiance of the marks of human habitation – a frozen utilitarian block of flats with a mural on one of the walls, washing on a line, an entire settlment under an unforgiving sky.

The very existence of such people and places is part of the Russian identity but the pictures evoke something deeper – a curiosity, a sadness even. And it all comes bathed in the bluish haze that presumably passes for the brightest light of the day.

Read a bit more about Roberts and Motherland – the year-long journey through eleven time zones of which these photos are part – here.


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