In Russia's bleak midwinter

Think the last couple of days have been tough? Photographer Simon Roberts' stunning new exhibition of pictures of winter in northern Russia — at Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery next year — will make you realise that being stuck in an VW Polo on the M62 for a couple of hours is nothing to text home about.

Polyarnye Nochi (Polar Nights) is an extension of Roberts' Motherland project, and explores the period in deepest midwinter, between December and January, when the sun doesn't appear over the horizon and the people who inhabit Russian's northerly regions (astonishingly, a third of the population) must make do with only a ghostly gloaming for a few hours a day. The photographs — as well as being beautiful — are a reminder of the uneasy conflict between man and nature, and the likely consequences.

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Polyarnye Nochi is at Crane Kalman Brighton, Brighton BN1, from 4 January to 7 February. www.cranekalmanbrighton.com 

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