16 Experimental Homemade Photography

Experimental Homemade Photography

Posted on August 5, 2009 by team

Surreal NKVD

Surreal NKVD: Catch me if you can

These photos are from a private collection of a typical Moscow family. They are dated back to 1936-1940 –  the years known as the  period of Stalin’s most cruel political repressions.  Several million people are said to be affected: sentenced, shot or sent off to labour camps.

There is a Russian movie about those times – “Burnt By The Sun” (Utomlennye Solncem), which in 1994 won the Academy Awards as the best foreign language film (imdb rating 7.9/10). The story is about love in the times of political turmoil, the love that survives all fears of purges and uncertainty. Surprisingly enough, people still managed to try and have a few laughs during those harsh times.

The method is known as “double exposure”, when the aperture opens twice but the photo element stays in place. You might remember the principle from the days when you had a film camera and forgot to rewind the film. Neat, really. We would appreciate your comments, backlinks and retweets on this weirdly beautiful pieces of photography.

Playing cards

Playing cards

Close-up: Pack of the cigarettes

Close-up: Pack of cigarettes



Details: Toy pistol

Details: Toy pistol

Details: Famous those days vodka 'Zubrowka'

Details: Famous in those days vodka 'Zubrowka'

Would you like a cup of tea?

Would you like a cup of tea?

Close-up: Tea pot

Close-up: Tea pot

Listening to the music

Listening to the music

–nextpage–Got a lighter?

Got a lighter?

Hard to pick one

Hard to pick one



Drinking with myself

All by myself!

Card game

A card game

Chess game was very popular in Soviet Russia

Chess was very popular in Soviet Russia



Local orhestra

A band

Men are all the same

Men are all the same



–nextpage–Check and mate

Check and mate

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16 responses to “Experimental Homemade Photography”

  1. pimp says:

    What a surprise drunk Russians take pictures of each other.

  2. I didn’t know, that Żubrówka was sold to Soviet Russia than. It’s really a shame, that nowadays in Germany it’s sold under pseudo-russian name “Grasovka” :-/

    • Kirov says:

      Zubrovka is Polish vodka with a grass inside. Very good ! Strange to see that women’s fashion has not changed a lot since those days. Older women still wear heavy knitted vests, flowery dresses…

  3. sabot says:

    I like the thumb-pinky-nose gesture the one lady is giving. It’s an old one in the States as well but I’ve always wondered what it is meant to represent.

    • Ole says:

      Nice catch sabot! Thumb-pinky-nose is a reference to “a long nose” which relates to humorous chagrin and sometimes Pinocchio. I think it is found in many cultures. Here in Western America it is used by children to make fun of one another – similar to sticking your tongue out.

  4. Jennidy says:

    What a great find! I’m going to post a link on Facebook.

  5. Дмитр says:

    Мне кажется это фотошоп. )))

    Причём это видно на примерах прозрачных конечностей

  6. NA says:

    I see Mel from Flight of the Conchords is listening to music.

  7. scot says:

    How the winter nights must have flown by……..

  8. pimp says:

    I like home made pornography with junkies.

  9. Marcin says:

    “Zubrowka” is the famous polish vodka! original “Żubrówka”.
    We make this vodka in Lublin City ofcours in Poland.
    See ya!

  10. aleke says:

    Stalin rules

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