Experimental Homemade Photography


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
Freeze!
Freeze!
Details: Toy pistol
Details: Toy pistol
Drinking vodka is a part of Russian culture
Another one?
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
Got a lighter?
Got a lighter?
Hard to pick one
Hard to pick one
Afterparty
Afterparty
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
Dance
Dancing
Local orhestra
A band
Men are all the same
Men are all the same
Stitching
Embroidering
Check and mate
Check and mate

Source:
RealUSSR – Lilfting The Iron Curtain,new blog with a critical view on the Soviet period in the Russian history.

16 thoughts on “Experimental Homemade Photography”

  1. 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” :-/

    • 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…

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. Мне кажется это фотошоп. )))

    Причём это видно на примерах прозрачных конечностей

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

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