We first met the daring, bold Ukranian art-and-photo duo Synchrodogs in the spring, when they expertly clashed patterns, backdrops, and colors for the Cut's Out of the Box feature. More recently, Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven have embarked on an adventure on a volcanic island after getting nominated for a Pinchuk Art Prize earlier this year. Their resulting series, bursting with magical shots of nature mixed with fantastical costumes, is titled Reverie Sleep, and will be on view at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev until January 5. The Cut caught up with the photographers to hear about the creative process behind their work. "The project is based on our dreams, those we have seen in drowsiness," they explained. "During the stage of Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, some people may experience hypnagogic hallucinations, which are caused by [the] natural process of falling asleep. For this Reverie Sleep project, we gathered our dreams for the last two years and staged them." Read our Q&A with the duo below and click through the slideshow to get swept away in Synchrodogs' gorgeous, nature-filled dreamworld: rainbow ladies, fruit suits, and vibrant blue claws abound.
How many years have you two been shooting together?
We started collaboration in 2008, [when we] met each other on a photography website where we both had accounts (as we are naturally from two different cities).
Where did you take these photographs? The landscapes are stunning.
Though we are showing just a small part of this project now, there are many more pictures in it, and all of them were shot in particularly dangerous locations — like glaciers where you can fall into an ice hole and be found in a week, or in hot lakes where you can get boiled alive if there is a geyser which decides to eject hot water while you are in [it]. To find those spectacular locations we had to rent a car on [a] volcanic island and literally check every turn of the road to see what [was] there.
Tell me about the story behind the items you're wearing. Did you make the fruit-covered suit as well as the other costumes on your own?
We made everything ourselves. It took us three months to develop the ideas, find all the props, create costumes, paint nails, plan the trip, and shoot everything. We didn't even notice there was summer as we were busy all the time.
For the photo on the wet, mossy rocks, are you wearing white circles over your body? Where were you?
Actually, these were round mirrors, as we've seen a dream where there were holes in the whole body. [We were in] the place in an ocean bank which suffers from rains all the time.
A lot of your other photos are connected to beautiful natural landscapes. Do you have any specific locations where you would love to shoot next?
We noticed long ago that natural environments are where we feel safe and happy, so we have a list of bookmarks with all those places we should visit.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you're excited about?
We like mixing it up: shooting a personal project and then a commissioned one right after. Then we can keep a balance between what we want and what we can afford. We are busy with some commercial projects at the moment, the details will be [revealed] pretty soon.
Most Viewed Stories
The Fashion Executive Who Doesn’t Wear Underwear on Dates
Mary-Kate Olsen Strains Every Muscle in Her Face in an Attempt to Smile
25 Famous Women on Being Alone
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Prince George Has No Time for Justin Trudeau’s High Fives
How Angelina Jolie Won the First Big Battle in Her Divorce
It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives
The Will & Grace Reunion Was Intensely Documented for Social Media
Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of September 26
Los Angeles Police Confirm Active Criminal Investigation Against Derrick Rose
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.