Fairytale landscapes stretching to the horizon, happy children in carefree moments. These are the pictures from Ukraine that Wladmir Ogloblin brought with him on his ‘forced journey’ to Germany. In the recent exhibition “The Way Home” in Einbeck, these pictures touched many people. Visitors bought his pictures for a good cause. Hahnemühle made this exhibition possible and more than 4000 € were collected for humanitarian aid. Wladimir also exhibited images taken in Germany, his new home. In exile, his camera has given him focus and support an activity that takes him momentarily away from the reality of the conflict. His images are full of melancholy, homesickness and a deep love of Ukraine.
“Twenty-five years of my life in the ‘Palace of Labour’ was destroyed by a missile fired at my hometown Kharkiv. My academy for young photographers is now just a pile of rubble” says Wladmir Ogloblin in front of the picture of the building where his photography school was located. Olena Dolzhenko brought it with her, his partner in the photography school. She now works at the risk of her life as a war photographer – accredited with the Ukrainian army – and as a volunteer in the aid organisation that receives donations from the sale of Wladmir Ogloblin’s pictures.
Wladimir Ogloblin now lives near Einbeck nearby Hahnemühle´s headquarters and is organising further exhibitions – on Hahnemühle paper. His current exhibition “From Horizon to Horizon” can be seen in the Fredelsloh Monastery Church, one of Lower Saxony’s cultural churches, open until the 11th September.