Tatyana Palyga – Colorless Days



Russian Photographer Tatyana Palyga photographed her own (work) surrounding, showing us the way she experiences the routine she is in. In a subtle alienating way she shares her insiders perspective with us. Reminds me of Florian van Roekel’s ‘How Terry likes his Coffee’.


I work in a sales department at a plant that produces soft drinks. My working day begins at 9 a.m.
At 9 a.m. I must put my admission card to a special sensor at the clock-house to witness my appearance in the workplace. It is easy to check up punctuality of the employees. A few minutes and I am in the office. I pass through a long empty corridor where all the doors are closed. On the walls there are pictures depicting giant fruits. I enter the room, briefly say hello to my colleagues and sit down to my workplace.
I switch my computer on. While it is being loaded, I move a frame on a wall calendar to the following date. As usual I count the days left until the week-end. I open my mail-box and delete unnecessary letters. Then I make some daily reports. I boil water in a teapot, drink a cup of tea.
Dinner time comes. The employees have the advantage of eating in a good canteen. A dinner is an outstanding event in the office life. If you manage to occupy a seat by the window it is possible to find out what the weather is today.
After the dinner I do a couple of phone calls, some Excel tables, and drink one more cup of tea. Once in a while someone drops in to chat with me for a couple of minutes. But not every day.
At 6 p.m. I stand up, put on a coat, say “good-bye” to those who stays at the office. Passing by a reception, I say ritually to a secretary girl: “How come you’re still here? It’s time to go home!”
Next morning I have to wake up at 7 o’clock. There will be a new day. A truly new one?

April 24, 2010

Simon Roberts – Motherland

A country photographed so many times, that it seems hard to create anything new. The tekst describing these highly esthetic pictures promiss to show a diffirent view though. And it still seems to reach a weak spot.

americansuburbx.com // Simon Roberts wants to break down the stereotypes that own you… Simon Roberts wants to kill the preconceptions that exist in your comfy-know-it-all-media-fed-head. He wants to kill your ideas about “Russia”… erase your broken-down-commie-red-hammer & sickle story… and give you something new. He wants to take your Russian heroin trade, your arms traders, your vodka, your strippers, your eastern block whores… take away your peasant-poverty-places, your famine-your hunger-your cold… take away your frozen-tundra-notions and whack you right upside your preconceived-head. His journey through Russia is one of liberation, not exploitation… it is a journey to uncover truth and dignity, timelessness and respect… rather than magnify crime or inflate historical myth. If Rob Hornstra is the Yin, Simon Roberts is the Yang (both approaches work very well)… if Rob Hornstra is the heavy metal, Simon Roberts is the concerto. It is a vision speaking of majesty, community, perserverance and grace, not drugs, sex, guns and titillation. He would like to take the epic land that is “Russia” and make it intimate… reel it in and soften it… let you see the beauty and hope, not the suffering and pain. Simon deals in optimism and humanity, not tragedy, corruption and misery… //