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.
“Warm Waters” published in December issue of Terra Eco magazine (France)
In November 2014 Human Rights Watch released new report “Bashed Up” on family violence in Papua New Guinea.
“Two Faces of the Thunder Dragon” published in Newsweek Japan, issue from 25 October 2015
Photos from Vlad’s ongoing long-term project “Warm Waters” about climate change in the Pacific was published in L’Obs magazine (France).
Images from “Crying Meri” were exhibited in New York City on October 16th by The Resolution Project on their annual Gala.
The Resolution Project featured work on gender based violence of Meri Toksave, an NGO from Papua New Guinea, illustrating it with images from “Crying Meri”.