Loneliness space is a very intimate series of works. This series is devoted to my photo travels on Lake Ladoga. But that’s not just that. This series is my story of how I became a landscape photographer.
Ladoga lake is the second largest lake in Europe. It’s located in the North-West of Russia. A few dozen kilometers away from Finland.
But not the whole lake is equally interesting for landscape photography. The North-West coastline is particularly interesting. It’s a small location near the town of Lahdenpohja. There is Ladoga Skerries.
The nature of these places is beautiful. The lake is very deep in the northwest. A huge mass of water creates a special climate. The lake is always cold. The water warms up only on hot July days and you can swim here. The lake is often covered with fog. The climate is similar to the Scandinavian one. Rains are frequent. The hot sunny days in summer are less than in the Great Land (Big Earth).
Ladoga Skerries is a unique natural landscape. The coastline is not high granite mountains, overgrown with pine and moss. The steep banks formed by deep and narrow labyrinths of bays. They are like the fjords in Norway, but smaller in size. Closer to the center of the lake there are islands of different sizes. They have more than a few kilometers to the smallest of several meters. These little islands called Ludas. They have no vegetation, except mosses and lichens.
There is no tourism infrastructure on The Ladoga Skerries. This is a secluded place. There are no roads. You can travel by boat or kayak only.
You should have tourist equipment: a tent, a sleeping bag, gas, dishes and a supply of food for all time of travel.
This is a very meditative place, really.
Everyone has a place of power. A place where you feels good. Where a person meditates and just resting.
Ladoga Skerries have become such a place for me. This happened by accident. Probably, it always happens this way. I wasn’t planning to shoot just like that. I am always working on some kind of project. And I was fascinated by this place when I came here for the first time. I liked the northern nature. I am inspired by these islands, stones, Skerries. As a result, I began to come here again and again. And one day I realized that Ladoga Skerries became my Loneliness space. Now shooting the northern landscape is my main topic.
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