Dusha, Russian Soul
“Dusha, Russian Soul” published by Postcart Edizioni, is Davide Monteleoneʼs first photobook. From 2002 to 2007 the author traveled throughout many of the former Soviet Republics to recount a visual tale about Russian people. Dusha, Russian word for soul, has the same root as the verb to breath: the soul, therefore, becomes a long breath, a desperate clinging to life in moments of oppression. But Dusha is also a synonym for a person, man. Dusha is the title of this endless journey through Russia. It has been a gradual process of discovery, the search for atmosphere, suggestions of a disappearing epoch which somehow, quietly but tenaciously, still survives. A photographic journey against time, before all this disappears. It is mother Russia, infinite, experienced day by day, absorbed, observed. The language, the dialects, the temperatures of the most remote corners. In solitude. Mirrored in melancholy. A journey of initiation which reveals and tells. Postcards of the memory of this world, small frescoes of remote places, an urgent task as time is of the essence. To see and feel another world, again.