2020 - Ongoing
This project focuses on drug related crimes in Russia and the darknet influence on this process. For shooting I've used broken digital camera, which deforms images. In my opinion, this visual way emphasizes the deforming influence of drugs on the human personality and discloses relations between the darknet and us. The Darknet casts its invisible shadow over our real world. Also this visual approach accorded well with traditions of documentary photography. On one hand I don't develop my photos, on the other hand it invites us to think about the nature of the photographic images. The darknet and a digital camera have one origin — binary code.
In Russia, 25-50 percent of prisoners are serving sentences for drug-related crimes. There are two major factors for that. Firstly, drugs are easily accessible today. We have witnessed a technological revolution in this area of crime. You can buy all kinds of drugs on online marketplaces on the darknet. All you need to have is Smartphone and Tor browser. Secondly, the situation is complicated by extremely repressive legislation. Even for possession of a small amount of drugs, a person can get a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Drug addicts are one of the most discriminated groups in Russian society. I have shot people who have had sentences for drug-related crimes. I also have shot the urban landscape, the places where dealers hide "bundels" (drugs) the most often.