Kirov Region, Russkaya Shuima Village, 2003: "The girl's image attracts the eye. Expression, eyes, hands and pose tell us about her life, childhood, older age and something that words can't describe, but it sinks deep and stays in our souls forever."
Moscow, 2014: "A conflict from the past? A temporary dichotomy? A conflict of values? The persistence of alliances? How much the East, West, North or South is now decisive?"
Pskov, 2010: "The personnel boarding of Pskov Airborne Division on the IL-76 at Kresty airfield."
Kaluga region, 2012: "Folk festivities in honour of Ivan Kupala pagan holiday in the Red meadow. "Yarila" (the Slavic pagan god of sun – Ed.) is dressed in clothes, decorated with wreath, flowers and ribbons. It is obligatory to add a symbol of male dignity and fertility – a wooden stick of impressive size and painted in red. "
Kaluga, 2011: "Asya and Astghik. This picture was taken on a big family holiday. This photo shows my own sister and her sister-in-law. "
Adler, 2015: "This dog attracted me by its behaviour. It remained motionless, but glanced in the direction of a person who has just left. Was it waiting for his return? Was it ready to run after him? The dog froze on the drawn lines. To look into the distance. Without anguish. Proudly".
Kirov Region, the village of Yaransk, 1998: "Once, when I worked in Vyatka press, I had a task to make a photo report about canonisation of the local saint in Yaransk. It was severely cold that winter. Unfortunately, not everyone was lucky enough to get into the temple, while people with children crowded around it."
Kirov region, the village of Kukushka, 2011: "Me and my friend were travelling by car and I saw an elderly couple walking along the road from a neighbouring village. I liked these people, and I asked them to stop. After our conversation, I found out that they were married and they had lived together for many years. The couple was a bit drunk, and at some point the man unexpectedly kissed the woman."
Tomsk, 2010: "In 2010, I hitchhiked 5,000 kilometres from Moscow to Tomsk. The picture was taken during the January Epiphany bathing: this is one of my first shot of the entire 10-day journey. It still remains one of the most beloved ones."
Altai, 2015: "We met through a fence. The view from their garden seemed extremely tempting to me and I asked the permission to enter – and suddenly, the "model" struck a pose. 'Well ... stop it. Who are you doing it for?'"
Chechnya, Gudermes, 2015: "Child beggars in a fruit box (Tajiks or Uzbeks). They sat by a fence of Gudermes central market and played with each other. A long time has passed before the girls noticed me pointing a camera at them. Maybe it's just because they were already used to multiple passers-by. Why people stop and what are they doing - it didn't matter to them at all."
Sochi, 2009: "Ani is my best friend. She plays violin and helps me to keep faith."
Murmansk region, a cemetery near the Teriberka village, 2015: "At the crossroads of elements"
Moscow region, Khotkovo village, 2015: "Residents of Russia and Western Europe will perceive this picture in completely different ways. Where the European sees a void - the Russian sees a vastness."
Erarta - the largest private museum of contemporary art in St. Petersburg, has opened an exhibition “Centre de gravité. The power of gravity,” which represents a collection of photographs by eminent photographers from Russia, France, United States and Canada. Together the artists created a piercingly sincere image of modern-day Russia. Each photograph is followed by a short commentary explaining a way the picture was created or artist connection with heroes portrayed on the photo. We’ve collected the brightest pictures illustrating the everyday life of Murmansk, Altai region and Chechnya residents.