Aristide Russo – Discovering the Trans-Mongolian railway
The output of young photographer Aristide Russo needs to be interpreted more like a travel diary than a simple reportage. Russo photographs buildings, roads and faces but also railway cars, tracks and baggage, turning the Trans-Mongolian railway from a simple means of transport into an integral part of his experience of discovering the amazing lands it crosses.
It is truly surprising to see how this very young photographer has captured the theme of travel, experienced with awe and genuine curiosity, and at the same time managed to produce a mature, professional work. The huge variety of landscapes and architecture in his shots have a really strong impact. If you look at them one after another, you can relive that discovery process that the photographer himself experienced on his journey.
The modern architecture of Moscow is followed by the pristine nature of Lake Baikal, one of the largest lakes in the world. After a stroll around the city of Irkutsk, in Siberia, the photographer takes us to the delightful Gun Galuut nature reserve, then on to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, where traditional buildings stand alongside modern towers. The last stage of the journey is Beijing, which welcomes travellers with its traditional and at the same time contemporary beauty, perhaps the most touristy spot along the whole trip. The journey ends with the great wall of China, a must-visit for anyone arriving in this part of the world.
And although of course, you can travel through the photographs, as Aristide Russo himself says it is only when you are in these places in person, experiencing the wait, being stunned by kilometre after kilometre, that you really understand the intensity that he attempted to get across in his work on the Trans-Mongolian.
Like a real travel diary, apart from giving us a narrative of an unforgettable experience and the places representing that, Russo actually gives this reportage an even more delicate task. The task of infecting people with the travel bug, but not just travelling from place to place, more like travelling as part of an interior journey, where what changes us, transforms us, blows us away is not the destination itself but the journey you take to get there.
Profilo Web: https://www.behance.net/arisph