The Road Beyond the Horizon
The portrayal of the family as a subtle snapshot of Ukrainian society today.
Consider the country called Ukraine. It is so large, so diverse. So many roads and intersections. Creating this series, the photographer Ruslan Hrushchak explored many different paths.
Hrushchak now lives in Germany; he left Ukraine twenty years ago, when he was still a young boy. However, his parents and many of his relatives still live in the Lviv region. The Road Beyond the Horizon is a a series of photographs taken in 2016-2017. Family circumstances inspired the photographer to embark on a journey across Ukraine, focusing on many different places and people. In fact, people—that is, portraits—comprise the largest portion of the series. Ordinary Ukrainians of today—who are they? What worries them? War has been raging for the fifth year now; economic troubles undermine hope for quick and substantial changes; but now, as always, life still has room for joys big and small.
Testimonials & References
“There’s an elegance to Ruslan’s compositional choice, with the religious paintings, flowers and statues closely framing these two women on each side – you can tell that it’s been set up with care and purpose. Despite that formality, there’s a warmth and unaffectedness to it – their sideways glances, into a natural light just out of shot strikes you as an apt reflection on faith. It evokes a strong sense of quiet companionship, and you’re drawn to the details – the positioning of their hands, the various fabrics, the leaves… but there’s a calmness, despite the level of visual information to absorb”
``Royal Photographic Society's 161st International Exhibition Offer Insight Into The Society We Live In Today.
The portrayal of his family becomes a subtle snapshot of Ukrainian society today.``