“A Deep, Paralysing, Enchanted Slumber”: Russian Fairy Tales by Frank Herfort

In his project “Time In Between”, German photographer Frank Herfort gives us a glimpse of a world in which the interactions between space and people create an absurd, dreamlike effect. Shot in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places in Russia, the series depicts buildings with peeling paint, old cars, mysterious giant concrete balls left on grassy land, constructions that look like signs of ambitious scientific projects—conceived in confidence, then abandoned abruptly.

A recent recipient of LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Award, Frank writes: “The whole world is frozen in a condition of waiting. The people in these photos seem to be totally absorbed in a deep, paralysing, enchanted slumber. And we have the uncanny sneaking feeling that this time there is no prince on his way to kiss them awake again. This moment of life here could go on forever.

“In Western Europe everything is so neatly defined, so specific. A waiting room is a waiting room, an office is an office. In Russia, in contrast, rooms are open to interpretation, many-layered and not so prettified. And I also noticed that there seem to be many more people just sitting around in them. None of them seems at first sight to know what they are doing there. I tried to integrate people like that into my pictures.”


Frank Herfort


Frank was born in Leipzig in 1979. He studied Visual Communication at the HFBK Art School in Hamburg. Since 2012, he has been living and working across Berlin and Moscow. His photographic expertise lies in the fields of people, architecture and interiors. Always looking for the surrealist flavour that goes beyond journalistic facts, Frank loves creating narrative images and portraits. He travels a lot around the globe for corporate, advertising and editorial projects. The list of companies he has worked for includes names such as Audi, Mulberry, Swiss Embassy Russia, Adidas, Bosch, Golden Eagle Luxury Train and Intercontinental Hotel Group. In 2013, Frank’s work was published in a book titled Imperial Pomp: Post Soviet High-Rise (Kerber Publishing House).

Links: Website (www.frankherfort.com) | Instagram (www.instagram.com/frank_herfort) | Facebook (www.facebook.com/frankherfortphotographer) | Shop (shop.frankherfort.com)

Images used with permission.