Photos: Alex Markovich.
Camera: SONY DSC-R1.
Rural Russia Festival. Rakitnoe of Belgorod Region, Russia. July 2015.
An abstract from the interview of Alex Markovich for “Radio of Russia”. September 2015.
Elena Ovcharenko: In your “Travel to Russia” project you make an emphasis on trips to Rural Russia areas. Why such a preference?
Alex Markovich: Many a city resident likes an occasional change from an urban environment. Of course, when traveling to other countries, one is interested in architecture, the way people dress, traditional cuisine, etc. But for many, real relaxation and fulfillment can only be found in a timeless Russian village. I am not talking about Agritourism or Rural Tourism, I mean a real living, breathing village without any props.
Elena Ovcharenko: Do you really believe that a visitor from the United States who came to see Moscow or St. Petersburg will agree to travel with you to a Russian village?
Alex Markovich: Let me make it clear – I am talking in the context of my “Travel to Russia” project. I want people to go back home with a warm pictorial record. Travelling to a Russian village gives you so many unique impressions – like going to a real rural shop where a shop-assistance still uses an abacus (that type of photo will impress all your friends) or experiencing a Banya (Russian sauna). I can arrange a ride on a tractor, photo session with local farm workers milking cows or feeding geese. One may say all this stuff is available in their own country, but Russia has more associations with what is called a “real village”.
Source: Rural Russia Festival. Rakitnoe of Belgorod Region, Russia. July 2014. Twelve photos – Alex Markovich: writer, photographer, contemplator