relief i (where are you now, solzhenitsyn?)Near Irkutsk, Siberia. 1995. Platinum-palladium print, 8 x 10 in.
This image and one other was made thinking about Solzhenitsyn while traveling in Siberia during 1995. Wandering through the plush but compact grounds of a dacha, I kept wondering about the great writer, who transformed so many of my generation with his One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and other books. Cancer Ward shook me as a teenager. He had recently returned to Russia (1994). I kept thinking, for some reason, about the first moment he stepped back on Russian soil. Relief. Perhaps.