Simon Roberts: Motherland
In his feedback to assignment four, my tutor suggested that I research the photographer Simon Roberts and his project The Motherland.
‘Simon Roberts travelled across Russia between July 2004 and August 2005, making pictures in over 200 locations and creating one of the most extensive, comprehensive photographic accounts of this vast country by a Westerner’ (Simon Roberts, 2018).
In his series, Motherland we see ‘intimate and revealing portraits of contemporary Russians (that) show us a diverse people, united by a sense of common identity and connected by a shared love of ‘the Motherland’, while breathtaking landscapes reveal the complexity and uniqueness of the country’ (ibid).
There are certain images that I really like (the man sitting on the bench with his back to the camera and the market stalls and the meat counter) but on the whole its not really engaging me. I can see it as portraying a cross section of life and people but for me it is not showing the ‘bright eyed happiness’ (Groskop, 2018) that Viv Groskop refers to in her Guardian article here
Groskop, V. (2018). Review: Motherland by Simon Roberts. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/mar/18/art [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].
Simon Roberts. (2018). Motherland monograph (pdf) – Simon Roberts. [online] Available at: https://www.simoncroberts.com/shop/motherland-monograph/ [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].