Chalk by Ekaterina Vasilyeva


Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_01

The White Cliffs are made of white chalk. The chalk is just like the kind used on chalkboards. Long ago, the whole place was at the bottom of a sea. Many tiny sea creatures died. They left their bones and shells there. The bones and shells were pressed together. They turned into chalk.

Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_02

Heavy rain is not healthy for chalk cliffs. The top layer of the porous stone absorbs rainwater and becomes much heavier than normal. Meanwhile, the chalk down at sea level can’t support the weight on top, and a slice of the whole cliff crumbles. To invaders sailing from Europe, the sheer walls make England appear to be a ”fortress built by Nature for herself”, as Shakespeare described it. Defenders on the high cliffs rained defiance down upon Julius Caesar’s legions 2,100 years ago, and again on the Norman conquerors 11 centuries later – although both invading armies managed to make successful landfalls.
By its nature the white color somewhat neutralizes the effect of poly-chrome flowers, and indeed the entire material world. Therefore it can be easily understood the sufficiently frequent correlation the white with the void the space, disembodying, fading, with icy silence, and so on. The see the true form of the cliffs you must be ”dive” into contact with them. Being there I feel thrown back to the very basics of my being. Unobtrusive colors and sounds that make up for lack of excitement in intensity. Everything feels huge. Loud and vast and wide. [Official Website]

I’m an independent photographer, working at the intersection of the genre, documentary and art photography.

Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_03

Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_04 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_05 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_06 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_07 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_08 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_09 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_10 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_11 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_12 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_13 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_14 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_16

Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_15

Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_17 Ekaterina_Vasilyeva_18 katerina_Vasilyeva_19

TAGS FROM THE ARTICLE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *