This is a 1910 photograph of Elder Makarii sitting his cell. The picture was taken in the town of Verkhoturye, which is located in the middle of the Ural mountains. Prokudin-Gorsky was highly revered for his photography and hoped his work would “educate the schoolchildren of Russia… of the vast and diverse history, culture, and modernization of the empire” (Wikipedia).
I really enjoyed this piece because it is quite haunting. It’s a man in the woods, alone, staring out into the distance. There seems to be something heavy weighing on his mind. I thought the piece became even more creepy when I looked around and couldn’t find any anything about it. There was nothing on the man, why Gorsky was in the town, or WHY THIS MAN IS CHILLING BY A CELL IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOREST. Maybe Gorsky was trying to use this one picture to capture the morale of Russians in a time of great unrest. To be honest, I’m not completely sure why he took this. All I know is that when i saw this I stopped and stared for a good while.