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Escape | Danila Tkachenko

Sometimes, we all feel the desire to get away from everything and be by ourselves. Even if it’s only a short walk or a long drive, or the occasional bigger dream of a place where solitude would be a virtue. Few, though, take Henry David Thoreau’s example to its logical extreme and become hermits. Danila Tkachenko, fresh from studying documentary photography at the Rodchlenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, set out to record individuals in Russia and Ukraine who have crossed the line, excluding themselves completely from society. The result, Escape, is a series of photographs that are both charming and disconcerting and, like the best of documentary photographs, tell us far more than their empirical content.

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