“Private Moon is a visual poem of a man who met the moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life.” – Leonid Tishkov.
René Magritte’s painting Sixteenth of September inspired Russian artist Leonid Tishkov to begin the journey around the world with his loyal and very unique favorite model – a 6 foot, 6 inch electric crescent moon sculpture that lights up from inside – one September afternoon, 10 years ago.
Parting from his native Russia, visiting countries like Taiwan, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, a major part of East Europe, Kazakhstan, and the US, Tishkov travels from place to place with his celestial companion, taking photos together to form an endless love story that sometimes can be sorrowful, absurd and strange just as much as it is incredibly romantic.
I’m rather fond of his work because it makes me feel like I’m in a world that is not my own while I’m still rooted to my reality, and I’m looking forward to seeing the next installment of his collection.
“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.” Tishkov has said with regard to what inspires him to keep going. “The moon helps us to overcome our loneliness in the universe by uniting us around it.”
Leonid maintains a blog dedicated to his decade-long project, “Private Moon”, and you can find it here: