┐ Ivan Mikhailov └

© Ivan Mikhailov, Untitled, from the series Space for Solitude, 2009

© Ivan Mikhailov, Untitled, from the series Space for Solitude, 2009

“I live in a small provincial town. Like a separate world with its own sense of time, space and solitude. Here time passes slowly, sometimes I think it stops altogether, and space is filled with an unreal quietude.

In this project I have tried to combine man’s inner and outer space. Tried to demonstrate this with landscapes and interiors that found me rather than the other way around. I am interested in communication without words, the dialogue inside a human being with his own internal world. The people I photographed for the project live in this town. I have mixed with them for many years and they know me well. When we met up they would each tell me their own version of solitude.

I needed to tell you this story as a way of coping with my own solitude. With that painful and oppressive state you avoid, although you understand that solitude is necessary, essential as the air you breathe. The only way to encounter yourself.”

More of Iven’s work here

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