Return to Uglich
Big white elephant stood at the main square of the ancient town, which extended back over thousands years. Soft sunset wrapped his swollen sides in rose-colourednacre. Two giant green palmsshot upnearby, and little boy was going on the swings between them. Kiddies joyfully were sliding down inflatable hill. Crowd of people, celebrating Town Day, was going by concert stage, amusement rides, stalls of street traders, and it merged with another crowd – the crowd of tourists, who came to Uglich by river motorships.
The programme of the fifth International Photofestival “Uglich – identity of Russian province” was concluded in the new Cinema house “Russia” by showing of multimedia reels.
Final applause sounded at the same time as festival salute. Participants of the festival came out on the street to shoot that impressive performance. Many of them couldn’t fall asleep until dawn.
Following morning organizers of the photofestivalsummed up the results, awarded winners of the competition, and thanked everybody for participation.After final exhibition all participants departed to meet again next year in hospitable Uglich – town that in the heart of summer united professionals and amateurs of the photo art.
Programme of the Fifth photofestival gave a chance to participants to see different tendencies of the modern photo, to listen and communicate with its best representatives – masters of photojournalism, art photography, short films, multimedia and new-media, - to viewprofessional projects and visit photography exhibitions, to take part in competitions and practical workshops, to show their projects during portfolio-review and get a grade.
Anniversary Photo Festival in Uglich announced and accomplished an eventful educational program, including workshops, lectures and retrospective shows of the best master hands of documental and fine art photography. The Festival has united photography lovers from small towns and large cities of Russia either from far abroad or near abroad countries. It aroused interest of the Russian photographic society and proved that it was ready to become a serious international platform for showing and discussion of the modern photography tendencies.
The Festival brought to light everything that the city Administration and arrangers are expected to work at on the threshold of the next, Sixth Festival. It is evident that the Festival needs its own web-site for active communication with the present and perspective participants. Perhaps, this is reasonable to create a permanent equipped ground for all the arrangements of the Festival. Experience has proven that even the change of the hall can result in demonstrational equipment malfunction – as it has happened this year during the open judging panel work regarding the works of flash-contest “Undiscovered Uglich”. Obviously there is a lack of modern display areas such as exhibition halls and galleries to arrange more extensive and bright exhibitional program.
Firms and organizations having lent a real support and help in the holding of the Fifth Festival “Uglich – the face of Russian province” deserve a special appreciation and gratitude. We express gratitude to the Uglich Administration, the Directorate for tourism and international ties and personally to Elena Kaneva, YuliaVoronova, NikolayKozhenkov, House of Cinema “Russia” and personally to its director Vladimir Abramov, “Voznesenskaya” Hotel for atrium providing for portfolio-review, hotels “Moskva” and “Volzhskaya Riviera” for areas providing for exhibitions of works of students and graduates of School of Visual Arts and AndreyGordasevich exposition “Random portraits, random details”. Also we’d like to express appreciation to the House of Friendship and the Commonwealth of artists of Uglich for the assistance in arranging of exhibitions of Julie Behtold “Between the face and mask” and Irina Gundareva “Serene world”, to the Cultural Centre for the opportunity to exhibit the works of the winners of the Development Fund of photo journalism, to Yaroslavl affiliate of OJSC “Rostelekom” for the Festival support and presenting an opportunity to one of the Festival participant to take photos in operating area and on the road of maintenance team and also to volunteers.
Photos of KseniaZhikhareva, Irina Firsova, AndreyShlensky and Anna Korolenko.