“A Deep, Paralysing, Enchanted Slumber”: Russian Fairy Tales by Frank Herfort

On Art and Aesthetics

In his project “Time In Between”, German photographer Frank Herfort gives us a glimpse of a world in which the interactions between space and people create an absurd, dreamlike effect. Shot in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places in Russia, the series depicts buildings with peeling paint, old cars, mysterious giant concrete balls left on grassy land, constructions that look like signs of ambitious scientific projects—conceived in confidence, then abandoned abruptly.

A recent recipient of LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Award, Frank writes: “The whole world is frozen in a condition of waiting. The people in these photos seem to be totally absorbed in a deep, paralysing, enchanted slumber. And we have the uncanny sneaking feeling that this time there is no prince on his way to kiss them awake again. This moment of life here could go on forever.

“In Western Europe everything is so neatly defined, so specific. A waiting room is a waiting room, an office…

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