Says Igor: The series is titled after the Augsburg Book of Miracles, a 16th century German illustrated manuscript listing the supernatural phenomena from the Flood to the time of the book’s completion. The events described in the manuscript reveal the involvement of God in the human world.
In contrast, I construct a worldview centered around the consciousness and the cosmos. It is a reading of The Revelation from the point of cosmocentrism, an attempt to disavow the human, but in a way that is still sympathetic to it. It is a story about the forces that are indifferent to us, capable of our destruction, and about the necessity to seek harmony with these forces. It is about good and bad omens, and the fragility of life. The production relied on real objects, locations and large-scale models, staged photography with live animals.
Igor Elukov is a photographer, born in 1991 in Kirov, Russia, who comes from a small village along the Peza River in the country’s northern Arkhangelsk region, and is currently based in Saint Petersburg. Igor studied painting and started doing photography in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he worked on a series “I’m not someone who dreams”, documenting the life of the Russian far North. Since 2016 Igor shifted his focus to staged photography. His method is close to pre-CGI cinema, employing models and props, in situ shooting and constructed sets.