Nature - NOMINEE: Gleb Simonov
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The key properties that I focus on are small movements, silence, voluntary immobility, inanimate observation, pointing. It's an attempt to create a proposition, in which the barely visible harmonies of the outside are suggested to be the driving qualities through which the meaningfulness of the world can be asserted to us. In other words, it's the wavering of a branch, the thin air, the tint of the rocks, that say that the life is worth living.
The following project was shot as a tribute to a poem by A. R. Ammons — "Corsons Inlet". In the poem, Ammons discusses a transition between two modes of attention — how the speaker, while on a short coastline walk, is liberated from the world of concepts and suppositions into a world of pure vision: "hues, shadings, rises, flowing bends and blends of sight". As the walk ends, he realizes it does not leave him with anything he can say he has — and he comes to embrace it as such.
Gleb Simonov is a poet and photographer, born in Russia in 1986, and currently based in New York.
His literary work has been long-listed at the international Debut Prize (2010, 2012) and appeared in many Russian poetry magazines, such as Воздух, Literratura, Polutona and others. In addition to poetry, Gleb writes educational art criticism on contemporary photography and painting.
In photography, Gleb works primarily with non-urban landscapes. His work has been published in Best of Photography books, produced by the Photographer's Forum magazine (2010, 2012) and the award catalog of the Exposure Prize (2010).