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Christina Diallo – Engineer
Christina Diallo – Engineer

Hello! My name is Christina Diallo. I really love your TV programs! There is nothing like this on the Russian television. My roots are from Africa, so whenever I watch your programs, I feel like home. Not many foreigners can understand and feel the genuine spirit of Africa. But your team has succeeded in doing it. I can say that it a timeless dialogue. Many thanks to your team, a team of professionals for the opportunity to be home.

Cesare Cunaccia — Professor at the European Institute of Design (IED, Milan), Expert in antiques and design, costume history and Italian landscape painting, Author of numerous books, articles and monographs
Cesare Cunaccia — Professor at the European Institute of Design (IED, Milan), Expert in antiques and design, costume history and Italian landscape painting, Author of numerous books, articles and monographs

«A Journey to the depths of yourself»
Sergey Yastrzhembskiy documents the natural world’s absolute truth, the landscape’s morphology down to the last detail and, at the same time and without hesitation, his imagination is blown wide open. He uses an exact and illusory measurement scale of the universe.

Being an extraordinary storyteller, Sergey Yastrzhembskiy tells us about untouched and enchanted landscapes trapped under Siberian ice, thick tree tops covered with snow in the endless Baltic plains.←

Just like in fairy tales, Sergey’s photos do not show fixed paths, safe and consolidated routes. You do not know where you are and where you are going. It is a journey whose map would be as absurd and illogical as the one made by a medieval map-maker who saw the earth as «either a disc placed in the center of the ocean or spread out in the water like a leafy branch».

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All this recalls Andrey Tarkovsky, an unforgettable film director, who shared Yastrzhembskiy’s typically Russian mystical vision and symbolism of landscape, as proved by his masterpiece Andrei Rublev and, in the '80s, the years of exile, by the movie Nostalghia: «There is only one possible journey: the one inside ourselves. I believe that we cannot travel the world more extensively and that we do not travel to return. A man cannot go back to the same place he departed from because, in the meantime, he himself has changed. There is no escape from ourselves…» Therefore, Sergey’s photos suggest that the destination walks side by side with the traveler, ready to appear clearly but still tender, secret, and vibrant.

Mikhail Piotrovsky — Professor, Ph.D. in History, Head of the State Hermitage Museum
Mikhail Piotrovsky — Professor, Ph.D. in History, Head of the State Hermitage Museum

«The Bell Tower View of the World»
The vivid phrase “a bird’s eye view” mirrors the long-standing dream of mankind of soaring above the ground and waters.

I would like to believe that people have learnt to fly in order to make their Dream come true rather than merely flutter around and drop bombs on the enemy. Yet any aerial view invariably resembles a panorama from a bomb hatch.

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Sophisticated photo equipment enables the photographer to capture all that is going on here below with pinpoint accuracy. Every single piece of ground can be placed on the Web for public display. Airscapes are very much admired and championed by photographers. Those “images from a bomb hatch” contribute to good causes: they help to protect nature and wildlife, and predict the weather. In addition, they often become pieces of fine art.

But even the finest ones, which convey the earthly beauty of the world, leave its unearthly beauty behind.

Sergey Yastrzhembsky has come to understand, record and display this supreme unearthly beauty. With his command of photography steadily improving, an idea of an airscape view of the world crossed his mind when he was a photographer in the Kremlin, at the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great, an essentially bewildering place. Once you are on top of it, the architecture and history of the intricately beautiful city of Moscow are all spread at your feet, as well as its configuration of power, its cathedrals and the museum... Being of utmost importance to every Russian, the Bell Tower can either cloak secrets or unveil them. Needless to say, Sergey Yastrzhembsky’s journey next took him to Southern Africa and Siberia, places he had to explore, compare and delve deep inside. He has been able to see and convey the unexpected: a spectacular beauty that is neither earthly nor heavenly. This is a view of a bird rather than an angel.

And then all of a sudden, alongside the artist, we gradually understand that our dwelling place is a beautiful one. So many thanks for all that.

Tonino Guerra — film scriptwriter, writer, and artist
Tonino Guerra — film scriptwriter, writer, and artist

These works by Sergey Yastrzhembsky are so explosive, they have so many perspectives that attach a magic glamour to a picture, that I am about as mesmerized as an old farmer may be, staring at his vineyard inundated with red leaves.

«Questi lavori di Sergey Yastrzhembskiy cosi esplosivi e pieni di distanze che danno magia a quello che rappresentano mi lasciano stupefatto come puo restare un vecchio contadino quando guarda la sua vigna piena di foglie rosse».

Nikita Mikhalkov — director, People’s Artist of Russia
Nikita Mikhalkov — director, People’s Artist of Russia

«Quasi-Preface»
I have been profoundly impressed by Sergey Yastrzhembsky’s works. He has been able to rise above the subject as an artist. Quite a few photographers can be brilliantly emotional, but Yastrzhembsky has elevated his photos to paintings. His works encapsulate emotions that sway the spectator through vivid combinations of light and colour rather than fascinating subject matter.

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In this regard his works are genuine oeuvres. He knows a way to shape human emotion via light-and-colour mergers. This reflects the true essence of impressionism in art: the artist seeks to discover energy in a colour scheme, one that might influence the spectator’s emotions.

The series «Aeroimpressionism» comprises many equally bright photos rather than merely a couple, and this is no sheer luck; this is a trend. What Yastrzhembsky sees he enshrines in his photographs. «The right colour applied in the right place», my grandfather Piotr Konchalovsky used to say.

For an artist, it takes a brush and paint to create; but Sergey achieves it through the swiftly changing composition — and his endeavour is a success story! This is a manifestation of his fine workmanship and artist vision.