“Being Gay in Papua New Guinea” will be exhibited in May at Deitta Gallery in Yangon, Myanmar
My resent interview on radio New Zealand about “Warm Waters”
A photographer who’s spent the past few years travelling the Pacific in an attempt to document the effects of climate change, says the rest of the world seems to know little about the region’s plight.
Vlad Sokhin has travelled to at least 10 of the region’s countries and territories for his project, “Warm Waters”, documenting sea level rise, changing weather patterns, and food and water shortages.
Mr Sokhin said he hopes his work will expose what’s going on in some of the most isolated parts of the world in the international arena.
“It’s kind of the biggest region in the world, and if you open Google Maps and just put the Pacific it’s like almost half of the planet, right? It’s the largest ocean,” he explained.
“And there’s so many people living in it and there’s not much coverage. You know, only a few times I only met a couple of photographers while working in all these countries.”
Absence is the crux of “Between a Rock and a Far Place,” a documentary series shot by the photographer Vlad Sokhin in 2014, over a week’s stay on the tiny island of Niue. The work is part of a larger project he is shooting in various Pacific islands. Sokhin’s initial vision for “Between a Rock and a Far Place,” he said, “was to show life on the island that was largely abandoned by its people”; but when he experienced Niue’s desolation, he “realised that it would be quite challenging to show life at all.” A large share of his photographs feature deserted places, and he accentuates their emptiness through creative use of angles and depth-of-field. Sokhin faced a difficult beginning to his time on the island. Hunting for sparks of life, he trawled aimlessly through morose nightclubs and depleted markets.
Happy to see media giving attention to my project on climate change in the Pacific. Today “Warm Waters” was featured on Feature Shoot photography blog. Also if you feel like supporting organisations like UNICEF, ChildFund, Oxfam, Live&Learn, Greenpeace and others, that help affected Pacific communities, check their work clicking on the links in the end of the article.
“Two Faces of the Thunder Dragon” published on Ten Cents Photos – the most popular online photo resource in China.
Happy to share great news!
Last night web-doc Crying Meri (www.cryingmeri.com) received Prix Photo AFD Best Web Documentary 2015! Huge thanks to AFD and Nikon France for the prize, to my agencies COSMOS, PANOS and LAIF and especially to COSMOS’s director Annie Boulat for giving a speech for me the last night at the award ceremony in Paris, to Ben Chesterton and Duckrabbit, whose video is part of Crying Meri web-site, to Svetlana and David from the FotoEvidence, who published Crying Meri book (check it out on their web-site), to my assistant Harry Virtanen and all my friends who keep supporting me and my work!
Publication in December issue of the World Policy Journal –