Continuing on the theme of re-discovery of identity, this series of photographs explore the textures and spaces within Moscow; most importantly their reaction to light. If there’s an abundance of anything its space. There’s room to contemplate, to breathe, to walk through boulevards and avenues unlike the enclosed, renaissance structuring of many European cities. This excess of space therefore permits light to cascade off buildings and pavements, beautifully illuminating the expanse of the city. The Moscow metro is also widely recognized as a museum in itself. Descending into this space is likewise fascinating – to see an additional metropolis exist below another. If in the numerous boulevards and avenues there’s an abundance of light, in the metro the space is measured by the booming echoes of the trains. The different metro stations bear as much a reflection of important cultural figures and historical events as you will see scattered around the city, on plaques for example, detailing which famous composer or writer lived in which apartment. What is also telling of Moscow’s history is the coexistence of the modern and soviet buildings alongside crumbling churches and temples (see photo below). There’s a roughness to the atmosphere of the city which has undergone (and is still undergoing) many changes, both political and economical.
By direct conrast, the light in the forest (at least the one I explored) trickles through a dense expanse of trees. Russian country side (in my case on the outskirts of Moscow) is equally beautiful but a different world entirely. And it is preciseley these juxtapositions that I wanted to compile into my one Architextural mosaic below.
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All photos taken by Victoria Paul. 2016.