Emerging photographers Tanya Shcheglova and Roman Noven showcase their new series christened “Animalism, Naturalism” in the online art gallery Hauser + Hauser. Shcheglova and Noven, otherwise known as Synchrodogs, capture peculiar and unnerving images in their newest project. The duo, inspired by the purity of nature, abandon city sights to lens the magnificent outdoors in order to rejoice their own personal journeys.
“We have always been closely related to nature, behaving ourselves in a way that is somehow considered right for animals, not for humans; running and jumping over the hills, biting and licking each others’ faces as dogs do,” the photographers said.
“Animalism, Naturalism” toys with the inborn tendencies within humans and taps into the deepest parts of their true nature. Synchrodogs strip their subjects down to the buff or cover them in skin-tight bodysuits, illustrating that this is no fashion series, but one of modern self-discovery.
One particular photograph depicts a girl dressed in a luscious green sweater and matching pants adorned with colourful flowers. Her pale skin is as earthly as the land beneath her. She is captured in the midst of gracefully falling onto the cracked claylike ground. Instead of fear, she evokes a feeling of acceptance as her head begins to fuse with the ground under her.
Another image features a nude girl standing on a mound of soil. Set against a mountainous backdrop, the photo once again demonstrates an integration of the human body and natural elements, but this time Synchrodogs leave their mark. A single white streak lies on top of the dirt, directly underneath the muse. Chalky and pure, like her nude body, the line is representative of our impression on the environment, or its uninhibited impact on us.
Synchrodogs does an excellent job translating the soft human body into the vast and violent landscape. A woman stands on emerald grass with vegetation bursting behind her. A single piece of transparent, plastic fabric entirely envelops her and the surrounding natural components. The gauzy material may suggest the hurling wind or unruly spirits, binding the model’s body with the lavish emerald leaves. In the end, we have a harmonious, poetic image.
Contemporary and evocative, “Animalism, Naturalism” by Synchrodogs explores the mystifying relationship between people and nature. We at Schön find the duo’s work weirdly wonderful.
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Words / Sheri Chiu