February 2017 - Tomsk, Siberia, Russia
At three thousand kilometers east of Moscow, in the heart of the boreal forest, time passes slowly at Tomsk. We are in February, the thermometer frequently displays minus 25 degrees, and the mild temperatures of July and August seem far away
Founded in 1604, Tomsk embodies the expansion of the Russian Tsardom to the east, during the conquest of Siberia. Situated on the trading route between Beijing and Moscow, here was erected the first University of Siberia and was named the « Athens of Siberia » and was the largest town in the Asiatic part of Russia. Excluded from the Trans-Siberian railway, the center of attraction moved to the south of this wide region.
Nowadays, Tomsk is a town of contrasts. Its universities drain a young population, despite its remoteness, Tomsk in dynamic. Its city center releases a timeless feeling; here, wooden houses, which symbolise the Siberian architecture, are facing Soviet blocs and brand new post-soviet buildings. In the same space, the visible poverty melts with signs of ostentatious displays of wealth. The weight of past and traditions get along with a present full of paradox and contradictions.
This photoproject was shown at the "Barrobjectif" photofestival, in France, in September 2017.