Glyadyelov still makes films the way they made films half a century ago. He shoots his films in black-and-white and uses analog video cameras with manual focus, a mechanical shutter system and no burst mode. It seems as if these details are strictly technical, but it makes his works conceptually different from the stream of images we see every day. It is almost impossible to film like that in the middle of a fight. That is why the cameraman has to scan what is going on during pauses. In other words, he films not death, but life. Then he develops his films and makes photographic prints manually; that takes time. You cannot shoot news broadcasts this way – that’s why the cameraman has to gaze at non-transitory things.
“Unfortunately, we get used to statistic data”, Alexander Glyadyelov says. “For instance, two days ago 3 men died, 7 wounded: well, that’s how it goes. But if you know these people personally, it won’t let you forget what’s really happening. Things get edgy once again. So yes, when I’m over there, I’m trying to take pictures because they won’t let me forget those people even later”.
Organization of You See, My Brother? photo exhibition was supported by Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
Directed by Roman Bondarchuk
Interview by Yulia Serdyukova
Cinematography by Roman Bondarchuk, Oleksiy Solodunov
Music by Anton Baibakov
Graphics by Darya Podoltseva