Tver, Russia – the house built in 2008.
Tver, Russia – the house built in 2008.
It seems that acts of nature become more and more unpredictable: unexpected snow in March and unbearable heat in September make us think that we are coming closer and closer to the edge of something terrible. Meanwhile, it has probably always been like that – people were not always ready for what nature had in store for them. Like those who lived in Perm, Russia, in 1914.
Past always seems to be better than it really was. As if people were kinder, the country was stronger, the city was cleaner… But photos like these ones return us to reality – those times were rather contradictory. They were made in 1984 in Moscow by a Dutch traveller Aad van der Drift.
In the Belarus Republic, there is a museum called the “Line of Stalin”. It is supported by the president of Belarus (as stated on their website) and they don’t curse Stalin here, they don’t praise him, but they glorify Stalin’s fortification system to protect the Soviet Union. So they have a monument of Stalin with flowers and wreaths, their official logo features Stalin in what looks to me to be a heroic image:
A vintage Soviet panoramic cinema was found to be still working in Moscow. Here is a story about the place, as told by Irina M. who currently works there. The facility that was built in 1959 included twenty two cinema projectors and twenty two screens running simultaneously. Nine speakers were installed in the floor to create surround sound. Back in 1959., the movies were created with a special rig of synchronised cameras placed in circle. It makes me think of the modern Google maps camera rigs, which are placed on cars. As Irina says, the setup could be placed on top of a car, a boat or even a moving train, and could be controlled remotely.
When I studied in a Soviet elementary school, I recall with how much importance Lenin was treated. A flawless semi-deity that incarnated in a human body that possessed multiple talents, protected the poor and hated any type of injustice in the world. That was the Lenin in my eyes at that time. I was taught that he was one of the smartest and fairest people in the history of the world. We had special mentionings of him throughout our education, which included books about the school boy, Vladimir (Lenin), and poems about Lenin, and even our junior level Communist insignia which school boys wore carried a portrait of the young leader as well, right inside the bright small red star badge I was so proud of. I couldn’t dare to have a bad thought about Lenin, and sincerely believed in his purity.
Now, there are multiple Lenin relics stacked in a village hut called the “Museum of Communist Party”. Figures of Lenin are next to the dirt road – a thing I don’t think anyone could dare to do in earlier times.
Copper wire production is a beautiful and loud process. We are going to trace it from the start to the finish in the shops of the “Russian copper company”.
Images from the Russian state library, built between 1928 and 1958. The library complex has six buildings, including a nineteen-storey, book storage warehouse.
Saint-Petersburg in the early 2000s in the photographs of Igor Stomakhin.
This is not about glamour, politics or the architectural beauty of the northern Russian capital. Just some moments of an ordinary life, the good and bad of our society a dozen years ago.
The Buryats are people of Russia and Mongolia, numbered around 400,000 during the last census. They used to live in yurts – mobile round homes that could travel with them, and once they find a new place to stay, they set up in a matter of some hours. Usually the yurts were made of skins or felt and wooden planks. They might be in some way similar to native Indian teepees, but more rounded and larger. However, besides Nomadic Buryats there were ones that decided to stay in one chosen place for longer, and because of this they built more permanent houses. But the round form was probably still preferred, and they didn’t want to build more traditional square or rectangular shaped dwellings, so their dwellings got eight corners and looked somewhat similar to yurts.