2014/11/19

Donetsk Today




Dmitriy has visited Donbass – the region where is fights were going on in Summer, around Donetsk, Ukraine and those are the photos he brought back. Like the building on this photo above is a museum: “Didn’t have chance to visit the museum this summer, and seems never would be able to…”. Let’s see more:












Local billionaire’s fund spreading humanitarian aid among people.



People come to get free food.





Forming lines.




2014/11/18

Ancient Churches of Armenia




Armenia was the first country to officially christianise, it happened in the IV century and could be still traced through the ancient architecture preserved until our days. Practically every smallest Armenian village or town has its own church that could often be dated the IV-VIII centuries.


By the way, it’s hard to confuse an Armenian church with any other’s, even with a Georgian one not to mention Russian or Byzantine churches. Its most distinctive feature is a cone-shaped dome.















Abandoned Children’s Place



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We have here an abandoned Soviet place for kids. Like a lot of the Soviet large factories had those compounds around the big cities or if the company was really big and “rich” – right at the Southern coast of the Black Sea. They were sending there kids of the workers during the vacations for free to have fun and rest. A free summer camp and stuff. However now a lot of those lie abandoned. Especially the ones that not in the coast. The ones on the coast were quickly acquired into private ownerships and now are the premium hotels etc. So let’s take a look what photographer Deletant has took from there.








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What he particularly liked of this place were the old sculptures of Russian writers and Lenin scattered all over the place.0_924b7_87a1de7e_orig 0_924b6_8cc2661d_orig


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Playground and ping pong table.




2014/11/17

Autumn is a Harvest Time




We know that fall is harvest time, and so do soldiers know. In Soviet Union it was a common tradition to send soldiers, students of colleges and universities and others to help picking the crops. However those are photos not from the Soviet years but out of 2014.












If you want to get it widescreen just click – you’ll get a BIG PICTURE.




2014/11/13

Soviet People Not Smiling Photos in 1970s




Sometimes we post Soviet Union photos and people there are smiling, laughing, doing stuff and look happy, and then we think “Man, that’s propaganda! They didn’t live like that”. And now let’s see some other approach to the Soviet reality. Vladimir, a photographer was enjoying making photos of life around him in the city of Moscow in 1970s. On his photos people tend to smile less.
















2014/11/11

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP




This must be the most ambiguous places of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. On the one hand it’s a breathtaking industrial beauty, on the other one it’s a symbol of the time that stopped forever. Finally it’s another evidence of the biggest industrial disaster, portrayal of disappointed hopes and wreckage of brilliant ideas. All these aspects are reflected by this unfinished fifth power unit of the Chernobyl power plant.









This power unit had been planned to be put into service in November 1986. However due to the accident of April 26, 1986 it was not doomed to happen… The fifth power unit remained unfinished to stand forever surrounded by construction cranes…


They also planned to build the sixth power unit but had time only to break the new ground for it.



View of a construction crane from one of the roofs of the 5th power unit.



Great industrial images can be taken here.



Famous dark red panels of the building make the 5th power unit the most recognizable objects of the exclusion zone.



Iron roof.




2014/11/10

Awesome Russian Winter by Yulius Clever




Check out this Russian artist Yulius Clever out of late 19th century. Pretty much cool – he was very interested in Russian forest in winter and seems that he could capture the magic. Just click for the large cool pictures, I liked them a lot.