Beauty and characteristic features of Yamal — through the photographic lens of a girl from Mys Kamenniy
16:05 3 апреля 2020
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The photo project by Maria Khudi, a resident of the settlement Mys Kamenniy in Yamalskiy district, and her teacher Ekaterina Varzumova became one of the initiatives in the contest of “Gazpromneft-Yamal”. It has been held in settlements of Yamal for four years within the social investment program “Native towns”. Residents themselves offer ideas on how to make life on their territory more comfortable.
Seventeen-year-old Maria is a child with disabilities, and creative self-realization is very important for her. In 2018 “The World of Photographs” won the victory in the contest of social initiatives. Thanks to this victory, Maria received a professional photo-camera and a stand for a traveling exhibition. Ekaterina Varzumova, a teacher of the Mys Kamenniy branch of the Yamal center for extracurricular work, helped the student to master the subtleties of making photographs and principles of photo processing on a computer and also added self-belief and taught her to look at the world in a new way. Last year they were again among the winners of the contest of social initiatives with the project “Life in one frame” — the series of photos, where children and grownup residents of Mys Kamenniy play, draw, dance and laugh. The goal is to change the attitude of the society towards children and grownups with disabilities.
Maria’s photo exhibitions are constantly held in the school, the administration and the cultural center in her native settlement. The photo works were also recognized by residents of the district center Yar-Salye, where the exhibition “Yamal through my eyes” was organized. The viewer is immersed in the world of photography and admires beauty of Yamal with its severe climate and strict, but charming nature, as the district administration informs. The photographs depict the sun over the tundra, sledding, setting of a choum – a dwelling of nomads, reindeer herders, it is similar to a tepee. Another series includes Mys Kamenniy in the evening with snow flakes, trees in frost and a chapel in the fairy-tale kingdom of silence.
The art of photography for Maria has special character – the girl photographs not only what the teacher asks, but what she sees in her own way. Therefore, her photos are really alive and unusual. In Maria’s photo collection it is possible to find moments of surrounding life, to which attention is usually not paid. Ekaterina Varzumova and her student are planning new photo projects, organizing of a photo exhibition in Mys Kamenniy in spring and participation in the fourth contest of social initiatives of “Gazpromneft-Yamal”.
“I believe that Maria has already found her vocation in life at such young age. And her work allows seeing all beauty and characteristic features of Yamal. Our plans include participation in new photo exhibitions, as well as organizing of a full-fledged photo studio for schoolchildren of Yamal, which we announced for the fourth contest of social initiatives. I am sure that we will see new talented photo artists owing to the project in Mys Kamenniy”, said Ekaterina Varzumova.
Social activity of “Gazpromneft-Yamal” is aimed at fulfillment of projects in completely different spheres of life for residents of remote settlements of Yamal.
“One of the projects “The contest of social initiatives” is an indicator of interests and needs of residents of settlements in Yamal. They themselves participate in fulfillment of the project. New public spaces are being created, and creative initiatives of children and grownups are being implemented due to the project”, said Yevgeniy Zakharov, the director for organizational issues at “Gazpromneft-Yamal”.
Photos can be found here: https://sever-press.ru/2020/04/03/krasota-i-osobennost-jamala-cherez-obektiv-zhitelnicy-mysa-kamennogo/