Gone Fishing – Minimalistic Wallpaper

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October 2014.

SONY DSC-R1.

Categories: Art, Autumn, Contemplation, Contemplative Photography, Fishing, Minimalism, Photography, Russia, Sunday, Water | Leave a comment

Autumn Postcard

September 2014.

NIKON D7000.

Categories: Art, Photography, Reflection, Rural, Russia, Water | 2 Comments

Red

September 2013.

SONY DSC-R1.

Categories: Art, Autumn, Fall, Photography, Rural, Russia, Village Festival | 2 Comments

Looking at you

January 2015.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM.

Categories: Black and White Photography, Cat, Cat Photography, Cats, Friday, Phoneography, Photography, Samsung | 11 Comments

Mikhail Buzhinskiy Perspective Art

Let me introduce a friend of mine – Mikhail Buzhinskiy:

Hello! My name is Mikhail Buzhinskiy, and I’m an artist based in Russia.

I’m 42. After receiving an engineer’s degree in 1998, I soon became interested in programming. So in total, I had worked as a programmer for more than 16 years.

I’ve been drawing from time to time all my life, and now I am pleased to introduce you to my project which I call “Perspective Art”.

The truth is that about three years ago, I became intrigued by perspective and tried to develop a concept based on it. Soon after that, in my dream, I found myself in an area where differentials between various perspective levels (grounds) were clearly seen. It was an incredible, fantastic landscape. Since then, in my real life, I’ve started to notice various levels and differentials quite often. This is what inspires me now.

Generally, especially on the street, my eyes follow the intersecting angles and lines across the landscape. It is somewhat of a demanding fascination to be able to portray what I see.

I feel that drawing perspective opens doors to a boundless and wonderful world. A world I am fortunately able to fully explore utilizing graphics software and a graphic tablet. It allows me to find an interesting perspective effect and then to create a reality for it. Constructing this world and showing others the beauty of these unusual angles is very fulfilling and brings me great joy.

Mikhail Buzhinskiy interview for Alex Markovich. January 2015.

Alex: Mikhail Buzhinskiy is one of participants in the exhibition “From the bird’s eye view” (Belgorod, Russia), where four of his paintings were presented. I have known Mikhail since childhood. At the moment, each of us is the founder of his own creative endeavors. We often meet and discuss our current projects; including their development and promotion:  Simply put – we run brainstorming sessions. So, Mikhail, my first question. How long have you been drawing?

Mikhail: In general, from childhood.

A: How long have you been practicing this particular art form?

M: I started this project about two years ago, as an experimental project: fact of the matter is – that I didn’t have any example to follow, and was not blessed with any teachers.

A: Explain, please, what is the Perspective Art?

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Autumn Haiku

October 2013.

SONY DSC-R1.

Categories: Art, Autumn, Contemplation, Haiku, Inspiration, Meditation, Photography, Reflection | 14 Comments

Russian Banya

In my career as an interpreter there were no incidents when a foreigner was offered a visit Russian banya and he would say no. It just wasn’t proper protocol.

The most memorable incident took place in the beginning of my interpreter’s career in 1997. An American professor came to the agri school for two weeks to lecture to Russian students. He took his nineteen-year-old son, Andrew, with him. Andrew spent all his life in Detroit and was never away from home prior to coming to Russia.

A student called Sergey decided to invite Andrew to his village to celebrate his birthday. Andrew’s dad gave his permission, and so on Saturday we were going by bus to a village located sixty miles from the city. I went along to translate.

When we got to the bus station we found out that all tickets had been sold (students buy them in advance) so we had to stand during the two-hour journey. The back door was broken and was in a half-open position, which added to our discomfort. When we got to our destination we started looking for the Sergey’s house. When at last we found it, it happened that Sergey was not home yet and would arrive in a couple of hours. His parents had no idea of their son’s plan to invite an American. Nevertheless, they did not get upset and suggested we go to the banya to wash.

The English language does not have such a word as banya. It can be described as “bath,” “bathhouse,” or “sauna,” but all these words will never convey its true Russian meaning. So here I am explaining to Andrew that we are offered to go to a Russian banya or literally speaking: “I will hit you, Andrew, with a bunch of birch or oak twigs, and then you’ll do same to me.”

After my explanation Andrew’s eyes became like two big dinner plates, and in them I was able to read that he had regretted one million times that he decided to come to a Russian village. I assume he supposed that I am a masochist, but nevertheless he agreed to go.

The “Russian sauna” presented itself as a small wooden building with a little window in the wall (to be exact, a hole 20 cm by 20 cm, 6 by 6 inches). The inside part consisted of a furnace, a wooden shelf to lay down, and also many other accessories: a basin with wet clothes, ropes under the ceiling where the clothes were getting dry (I still have no idea how it could get dry there), packs with washing powder, a piece of laundry soap, and wet birch twigs. My guess is that it looked to Andrew like the setting for a torture chamber.

Taking off my own clothes, I told Andrew, “Strip down.” Being left in socks and trunks he asked, “Should I take my socks off?” “Yes, and your trunks too.” When Andrew was standing absolutely naked I urged him to climb up the shelf. After that I took a scoop and poured water on hot stones. I repeated it a few times, and when the room was full of hot vapor I told him, “Lay down on your belly.” Being a bit unnerved, Andrew followed my command and turned.

After a couple of hours when we beat each other enough Andrew asked, “Where is the shower?” My reply was the following: “Andrew, did you see the basin with wet clothes? Take them off. Wash the basin. You know where hot and cold water is. Mix it, and here is your shower”.

There was no shampoo so Andrew had to use laundry’s soap from the old Soviet days. He complained then that it was burning his scalp. It really was pretty harsh stuff.

After the banya, when the birthday celebration was at its climax, Andrew confessed that being beaten with the birch twigs was the best experience in his life, even better than sex (which I really doubt he had ever experienced).

The most interesting part of Andrew’s Russian village experience was when he asked where the toilet was. Of course the toilet was outside – a typical village toilet. When Andrew was absent for twenty minutes, I decided to go out and ask how he was doing. It happened that he has been calling me – there was no paper. I asked Sergey’s mom to bring a roll, but unfortunately all toilet paper had long since been used up, and she brought a newspaper. Here is the dialogue (and I quote):

What is this?

A newspaper.

Why do I need a newspaper when I can not read Russian? I asked you to bring me a roll of toilet paper.

Andrew, this newspaper is your toilet paper!

Later during the celebration, after a few shots Andrew exclaimed: “Oh, now I know why you keep notebooks on chemistry and physics in your toilet! I thought that you Russians were so thirsty for knowledge that you studied even while sitting on the pot.”

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Categories: Adventures, Russia, Sauna, Thursday, Travel, United States, USA | 9 Comments

Instagram Photo. Autumn Pond

SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM.

August 2014.

Feel free to follow my Instagram where I post pictures taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia Lumia 1020).

https://instagram.com/GlitchyArtist

Categories: Art, Autumn, Fall, Instagram, Phoneography, Photography, Samsung, Wednesday | 16 Comments

Matryoshka doll with a portrait of your selection

Russian Artist Olga Ermakova creates Matryoshka dolls with a portrait of your selection.

The history of Matryoshka dolls dates back several centuries, and has proven to be an enduring and representative icon of Russian culture and art.

It is perhaps the most emblematic and desirable souvenirs, inasmuch as it is known worldwide as being uniquely Russian.

A Matryoshka doll with a portrait of your selection is an original present, as it bears Russian culture and traditions, as well as a portrait resemblance of your choosing; such as a portrait of your family, work team or any other social cell. 

The price of Matryoshka creation (set) including portrait of your choice, is based on its size (height) and the number of pieces (nests) in the set.

Height of the main Matryoshka doll 17 сm (7 in). Price: 30 USD each Matryoshka (minimal order 4 nests in each set – 120 USD).

Height of the main Matryoshka doll 20 сm (8 in). Price: 38 USD each Matryoshka (minimal order 4 nests – 152 USD).

Height of the main Matryoshka doll 25 сm (10 in). Price: 48 USD each Matryoshka (minimal order 4 nests – 192 USD).

Delivery is paid separately. 

To order a portrait Matryoshka doll you should contact Olga Ermakova.

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Categories: Art, Artist, Matryoshka Doll Painting, Matryoshka dolls portraits, Matryoshka dolls with portraits, Painting, Russia | 7 Comments

Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia

Sam’s turn in the line had finally come.

Have a seat Mr. Lloyd, uttered the nurse and pointed to the armchair.

Sam sat.

Ok.., all documents are ready… just needing your final approval… your final agreement, – and the nurse gave Sam the pad where he had to put his “signature”. Sam touched the necessary part with his thumb.

Follow me, – said the nurse and pointed to the room.

Sam lay down on a special bed.

Sweet dreams, – wished the nurse and closed the door.

Sam woke up in two hours. He felt wonderfully restored.

The reason Sam came to Doctor Jackson’s Clinic was similar to thousands of others. People who could not accept the loss of a loved one, or those who wanted to erase negative episodes from their memory visited similar clinics.

At the end of the XXI century, the ability and technology to rub out one’s memory was as easy as deleting a useless file from a computer.

These type of “surgeries” were relatively inexpensive, and almost everybody could afford them.

His two year relationship with Elizabeth was a wondrous part of his life, and following her unexpected departure, Sam’s feelings for Elizabeth grew into an obsession. Standard therapy brought no result and Sam made up his mind to “delete harmful files”.

The files have been deleted. Blessed relief from the pain of loss.

The irony was that it was his third visit to Doctor Jackson’s clinic. As well as the attending nurse did not know that she was obliged to Sam to her current work. She came in here five years ago when she could no longer tolerate her loss of Sam and had her memory erased, and then later decided to take this job.

By the end of the XXI century the border between reality and fantasy was almost gone.

Some 10-15 years earlier the reasons to appeal to similar establishments had to have very serious grounds for approval, and were strictly regulated by The Council of Doctors.

Today any reason was sufficient to qualify for the «treatment». Just pay!

“Memory correction” has become as readily available as buying Aspirin in a drug store.

Mankind was standing on the threshold of Chaos. The Chaos whose name was Collective Amnesia.

Watch what you wish for!

You might get it!

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Russian Artist Olga Ermakova

As I wrote earlier, each Monday I will be posting an article about an artist-friend who lives in Russia.

Meet Olga Ermakova.

Olga Ermakova is a 26 year old professional artist and designer. Olga works primarily in the medium of oil painting, and has been inclined toward the arts since early childhood. She is a graduate of The Fine Arts Department of Belgorod State University, Russia.

Favorite genres: Portrait and landscapes.

Also Olga creates Matryoshka dolls with a portrait of your selection which can be an original present for your family or work team, as it bears Russian culture and traditions as well as a portrait resemblance of your choosing.

Olga’s blog:

http://contemplation.in

Below are some of Olga’s arworks.

Russian Winter Sketch. 2011.

Rainy Sketch. 2011.

Russian Winter Sketch. 2015.

The process of creating “Russian Winter Sketch, 2015” is in the video:

Video: Alex Markovich.

Categories: Art, Artist, Monday, Oil Painting, Painting, Photography, Russia, Winter | 19 Comments

Glitchy Artist

Welcome to my “Glitchy Artist” blog which I started on August 2, 2015.

I am Alex Markovich. I am 37 (born on April 10, 1978) and live in Russia.

Click the link below to read my short bio:

https://glitchyartist.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/contemplative-photography/

I would like this blog to be not just a boring compilation of photos, but something unique, inspiring, interesting and useful for my existing readers and new followers.

In addition to posting images, I decided to add a post each day of the week (Moscow Time) dedicated to a special theme. Here are the subjects (the schedule starts from August 23, 2015):

Sunday. I will be posting a high resolution image which you may download and use it as tablet, phone or desktop wallpaper.

Monday. I will be posting an article about an artist-friend who lives in Russia: In the post his/her artworks (paintings, graphics, photography, etc.) will be presented.

Tuesday. I will be publishing my short stories which I write under the pseudonym Ilya Fostiy.

Wednesday. I will be posting one of my favorite Instagram photos taken with my phone.

https://instagram.com/GlitchyArtist

Thursday. Thursdays will be dedicated to an interesting story of my adventures throughout the expanse of Mother Russia with a specialist from abroad – for over 15 years I worked as a language and cultural adviser accompanying business and professional people from the USA and Europe.

Friday. Cat Photography.

Saturdays. I will be writing a post on my photography perception and writing inspiration; also posting my interviews on radio or in magazines (translated into English), or sharing my photo exhibitions and other projects.

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If you enjoyed any of my pictures, please let me know. I can send you the originals (for a $10 donation) which you may print out and use to decorate your home and office, or present as a gift to your friends or relatives. Or – you may use them on your blog, or as tablet, phone or desktop wallpaper.

All the donations will be used for my art projects, including traveling to special sites to discover and photograph people, and places, for, what I hope will provide pleasure and inspiration to my existing viewers, as well as a wider audience for years to come.

Categories: Art, Cat, Cat Photography, Cats, Contemplative Photography, Glitchy, Haiku Photography, Photography | 6 Comments

Contemplative Photography

Hi! I am Alex Markovich, the author of this blog.

I am 37 (born on April 10, 1978) and live in Russia.

Click the link below to read about the structure of this blog:

https://glitchyartist.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/glitchy-artist/

I showed an interest in photography during my early years. My parents were always perplexed as to why I took photos of a trees reflection in puddles, or sunlight on the window sill, rather than photos of my grandparents. I call my style Contemplative Photography or Haiku Photography. What does unite my photos with this genre of poetry? Evanescent mood and a deep feeling for the present moment.

I am a strong advocate that photographs are, first of all, not electronic images, so that is why I present my photos in magazines, calendars, photo exhibitions and postcards which I send all over the world.

If you enjoyed any of my pictures, please let me know. I can send you the originals (for a $10 donation) which you may print out and use to decorate your home and office, or present as a gift to your friends or relatives. Or – you may use them on your blog, or as tablet, phone or desktop wallpaper.

All the donations will be used for my art projects, including traveling to special sites to discover and photograph people, and places, for, what I hope will provide pleasure and inspiration to my existing viewers, as well as a wider audience for years to come.

I am also looking for an interested party to arrange an exhibition of my photos in his/her home town café, pizza place, library, college, etc. The subjects may vary from “Rural Russia” to “Minimalism”. ….your choice.

Feel free to follow my Instagram where I post pictures taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia Lumia 1020).

https://instagram.com/GlitchyArtist

Categories: Art, Contemplation, Contemplative Photography, Haiku, Haiku Photography, Photography, Russia, Summer | 16 Comments

Sunday Wallpaper: Summer Haiku

Click here to download full size image. Feel free to use it as tablet, phone or desktop wallpaper.

June 2014.

SONY DSC-R1.

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Zen

October 2014.

SONY SLT-A55V.

Categories: Art, Autumn, Contemplation, Photography, Pond, Serenity, Water, Zen | 17 Comments

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