The work Pastoral, from Alexander Gronsky, produces a delicate balance between contemplative images and documents where the action and the protagonists invite you to engage in an active reading of the image. The distance from which Gronsky approaches his subject gives us a strong understanding of the geographic and social particularities of the places he photographs (the wastelands within Moscow city). At the same time, it allows us to place the figures in a broader sociological context that offer a departure point for understanding the relation between pastoral and urban landscape in contemporary society.
Gronsky is a young photographer (born 1980) born in Estonia. He was the 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize winner and has received numerous distinctions in international photography contests. Definitely a photographer I will follow!