ART+CULTURE: Creative duo Synchrodogs explore the tantalising chasm between nature and artifice
Words: Emma de Clercq
The world of Synchrodogs is one that is dominated by vast expanses of wide open space. From barren woodland to dusty desert, the landscape is often disrupted by a single figure, her body adorned with bright synthetic materials. In this surreal parallel between the man-made and the natural, the figure appears like a displaced alien.
Synchrodogs is a creative duo consisting of photographers Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven. Hailing from Ukraine, the long-term collaborators are partners in both life and work. Are they, as their moniker suggests, synchronised in their creative vision? The duo says that when it comes to their “ideas, tastes and perceptions in life”, they are very much aligned. “We do not exist separately,” they insist, “neither as photographers nor as people, our works are such only because of the symbiosis of two different energies”.
The uneasy relationship between nature and artifice is a central feature of Synchrodogs’ work. “Our art is about interdependence of humans and nature and the new ways the Earth begins to look as a result of our interventions into the environmental processes. With each year we only become more and more conscious about the environment, understanding how far people have managed to intrude into the territories that were meant to be wild. Our works are often on the edge of the natural and artificial, real and surreal, depicting a discrepancy that has somehow become common for us.”
“Our works are often on the edge of the natural and artificial, real and surreal, depicting a discrepancy that has somehow become common for us”