International Photography Awards 2018

Here is sharing with you some fantastic news! My latest project 'Disconnecting Connection' has been the winner in Professional Advertising / Self-Promotion category of this year's International Photography Awards (IPA), US, 2018. 

Check it out at: https://www.photoawards.com/winner/zoom.php?eid=8-160063-18

And of course don't forget to keep sharing, tweeting, and other wonderful things you have been doing in connection with promoting the series! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…

To top it off, one of the prints had been chosen by Catherine Edelman - widely respected gallery owner, leader, educator, and specialist in the field of contemporary photography - for a traveling exhibition starting soon! So if you're in New York on 27th of October you know what to do! :)

@photoawards 

image by Al Lapkovsky


Disconnecting Connection

Once upon a time in those clothes lit by the blueish light used to be a person.

Some kids spend an average of 7.5 hours in front of screens each day. That’s right –7.5 hours. That’s about as much time most adults spend at work each day. Teens now spend up to nine hours a day on social platforms alone. Astonishingly, the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media everyday, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime. Currently, total time spent on social media beats time spent eating and drinking, socializing, and grooming. The realization of how much the average person actually spends on social media comes into sharper focus when comparing the figure (five years and four months) to the one year and three months we will spend over a lifetime socializing with friends and family in real life.

We are disappearing, cease to exist, perish. We can’t imagine our lives without the blue screens. We are bombarded with news, updates and statuses. We’ve got thousands of friends and yet we are alone. We are semi-transparent, lost in the blue light of useless information and a fake feeling of belonging.

The main goal of this project is to illustrate how we keep disconnecting from the reality around us at any given moment and becoming engaged in something that is perhaps real but not that important and relevant right now; How we just by the nature of habit choose more often to look at the screen instead of looking around, to text someone instead of talking to a person sitting in front of us; How our mind becomes global in the sense that we can engage in a conversation with people we barely know and at the same time ignore someone very close and real.

#disconnectingconnection

 

images by Al Lapkovsky


There will be no brother

When Lukyan was just a little over his first birthday, as a complete surprise to us we made a decision to move from London to Cologne. When Lukyan was a little older than three, already pre-planned we moved to Saint Petersburg. When Lukyan was almost five, yet again, and just as turbulently, we moved to Riga. 

Lukyan was growing up. He kept outgrowing his clothes. Toys were replaced with new ones. Furniture had been adapted according to age. And everything which he continued to grow out of was carefully packed, moved along with us to a new country, and stored away. 

For the first couple of years, there was no mentioning of a 'little brother'. Lukyan played a magnificent role of replacing a bunch of little brothers and sisters. Time passed and we started to talk. We decided that, yes, we want a big family, and that 'a little brother' should be a good idea. And a little sister, too. But not now. Let's just deal with this thing here first, and then do that thing there. And then we can try for that 'little brother' and then maybe another. And another. Well, you never know.   

We resolved some problems here, and dealt with some issues there. Problems kept piling on, list of 'things to do' just kept on adding. Lukyan's question about a little brother came with an accelerating frequency. We waited no longer. 

Three more years had passed. We learnt a lot. Knowledge of questionable necessity. We learnt everything about IUI and ICSI. Studied human anatomy inside out. Taught ourselves not to take it to heart in case of a failure and to carry on. And we did carry on. And we did take it to heart.             

But the crucial thing we learnt was to see new life as a miracle. Not just something granted, but a true miracle. And success. And victory.    

Lukyan's things are still in the storage room, but already FOR SALE. 

 

images by Al Lapkovsky


Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia. Long exposure is the most interesting photography area. Very philosophical. Almost time travel. 

image by Al Lapkovsky


Tenerife, Spain

Los Gigantes. Tenerife, Spain. Reminds me of sitcom Santa Barbara my grandma used to watch 25 years ago. 

image by Al Lapkovsky


Murmansk oblast , Russia

Self-portrait in Arctic region of Russia. Amazingly beautiful white night and wilderness. Nearest village is 70 km away.  

image by Al Lapkovsky