Exhibition "Russian Arctic" - a joint project of expert of nature photography Sergei Gorshkov and the Russian Geographical Society - will be presented at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the capital of Belgium. Residents of Brussels and tourists will be able to see pictures of the Russian North from 26 October to 6 November.
"Russian Arctic" will present about 20 carefully selected wildlife photos of polar parts of the globe. Photos of polar foxes hunting for geese, a close-up of walrus, collective meal of polar bears, huge herd of deer, ruffs, partridges on the Taimyr Peninsula, various inhabitants of Wrangel Island, which is considered a motherland of polar bears, their drift on ice floes, the world's largest colony of white geese.
There are also photographs of musk oxen that were brought to the island in 1975 from the United States. Now there are about 800 individuals. In recent years they have trended to unite into herds to repel wolves - predators who have returned to the island.
Exhibition "Russian Arctic" was also organized during the national festival «Pristine Russia» which was held in January-February 2014 in Central House of Artist in Moscow.
Gorshkov was shooting wildlife on Wrangel Island which lies between the East Siberian and Chukchi seas for several years.
The photographer says that his first shot on the island was a photograph of a floating white owl.
"I had no idea that owls can swim before I saw it - says Gorshkov. - In August babies of the White owl learn how to fly - sometimes with unpredictable consequences. The owlet I saw fearlessly dived into the river and struggled and used his wings like oars trying to stay afloat. Eventually it swam to shore, shook off and flew away".
Sergei Gorshkov was born in 1966 in the remote Siberian village.
"It sounds strange but when I was growing up there was no TV in our house and a I spent all my free time alone with nature, and at that time it was the only spectacle for me - says Gorshkov. - Many years later, when I was living in the North I had some free time, I picked up a Nikon and my life has changed. I sold my business and gained complete freedom of creativity. Now my life is a continuous photo-safari. I can not call myself a professional, I reach everything myself, trying and making mistakes".
«I did not get rich by shooting wildlife. The ability to communicate with wild animals makes me happy - admits the photographer. - Now shooting for me is a reflection of the world in which I live. And it’s been my philosophy to this day".
Photo: Sergey Gorshkov