Nikolay Epifanov

2014 - 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States; Tokyo, Japan; East Java, Indonesia; Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam; Phuket, Thailand; Málaga, Andalusia, Spain; Beersheba, Southern District, Israel; Bali, Indonesia; Russia

The people shots from various projects and stories gathered in one place. In between conceptual and documentary. Diversity, variety was the simple inspirational idea.

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  • Unexpected Discovery. This guy started posing, almost automatically, as soon as he saw I was taking his picture while he waited at the traffic light. A part of Japan Documentary Project, May, 2019.

  • The Girl. Initially I wanted to take a picture of this group of businessmen returning from an event. But the girl suddenly appeared in frame offering bright contrast. A part of Japan Documentary Project, May, 2019.

  • First Fire. Targeted burning of forests to clear the area for the development of a residential quarter. Moscow region, 2015.

  • Attention. It appears only the painted girl and nobody else cares about this homeless man. Los-Angeles Downtown, 2017.

  • Thoughts. On the way from Abakan to Tuva. 2017.

  • Traffic controller in Nha-Trang city center. This small passage is 1km long and connects a local highway (to the left) and a major tourist street (to the right) with the poor local district in between. Locals living here need to be aware of the train passing through every 30 minutes.

    I took a specific route through some Asian countries to show raw life close to major resort cities, underlining the adaptation process locals have undergone as a result of the widespread invasion of tourism in the region.

  • Grit. Cycling professional and coach forced to migrate to Spain due to the difficult political situation in his home country.

  • The Phonecall. A man speaking on the phone near a cliff edge with a baby in his arms, the Negev desert, Israel, 2017.

  • Mount Ijen, Indonesia, 2016. It has been more than 64 years since Mount Ijen last erupted, but the volcano is still very much alive, and it is being mined by some of the toughest men in the world. One trail unites tourists, miners and guides, who were often mine workers in the past. Part of “The Toughest Job” project.

  • Tired Family. This family experienced a four hour wild ride through the Indonesian roads to reach their resort village. They were captured in their first moments on the seashore.

  • Smile. Tourists on the boat having fun because of heavy rain conditions.

  • Red Box. A woman throws fish waste back into the water. Nha-Trang, Vietnam, 2017.

  • Fisherman. Busan, South Korea, 2016

  • Racer. An old woman walks through the car park with her baby carriage during a Porshe Driving Experience day at Moscow Raceway.