Introducing Alexander Shumskikh, the photographer behind the formation of the Noga Creative Union. Being a successful top manager and head of the IT department in a large company, passionate about photography since early childhood, Alexander sets off on a long journey across the Russian North. With a small group of enthusiasts, he finds a fertile place to establish an Orthodox community, build a wooden church and establish a new life in a remote Karelian village. On his initiative, dozens of famous photographers visit Kolodozero, shoot their projects, publish books and thus draw the world’s attention to traditional forms of existence in the far north, different from modern life in metropolises.
Alexander’s first series on the NCU is called Kolodozero. It is a lake, around which flows unhurried and very modest village life. However, thanks to many years of effort and the endeavours of Alexander, who regularly visits Karelia from the capital, the village of Kolodozero is being revived, and for many it has become a starting point for rethinking their own lives.