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Russian Takes a Private Moon on a Journey Around the World

What may look like a series of surreal photo-manipulations, actually has little to do with Photoshop! Moscow-based physician Leonid Tishkov has been traveling around the world with a private moon for over ten years now. A lamp installation, which he originally created for a festival of contemporary art, quickly found its way to Leonid’s home and the two haven’t parted since. Leonid calls this project a “performance of a lifetime”, with the moon revealing more and more spaces to him as the time goes.

“The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures. And everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever. It gives fairytale and poetry in our prosy and mercantile world,” says Leonid, making it clear just how much his Private Moon means to him.

Finding her place in the most unexpected settings, the moon has been shot by different photographers. Leonid often relates his performance to poetry: “Poetry is born in the image. Before placing a Private moon in a place that I like, I look at it for a very long time. Often this is the place that I see as the basis of the poem. The world is beautiful around us, you just lluminate it with the light of poetry! And for me, the light of the moon is the perfect poetry.” Check out the beautiful journeys of the terrestrial Moon below!


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    love the Moon lamp! creative & romantic..

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    how wonderful!

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    Will haben!!

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    Is is a piece of Art, and a piece of philosophy!

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    Just beautiful!

  • joey

    I want a lamp like that. Its beautiful.