Back in the Soviet Union at a gas production location there happened an underground fire. The gas-well took fire and turned into a huge flame for long three years. The problem required a solution. And it was found. They applied the most extreme and efficient method – a nuclear explosion!
Pioneer ideology was for all Soviet children. It meant to be a part of the strong healthy society, to be on the right side. And those red ties – they looked beautiful, you know. Enforcement? No. Those kids looked rather happy.
It is strange to see the Russian capital like this now – without advertising banners and all those crazy signs. Retro Moscow of the 1950s was beautiful in its own way. It would be nice to roam about its streets at least for a day…
Great art does not always praise the sublime. It also may depict the society from its unseemly side. They usually find place in the remotest corners of galleries, being avoided from school books.
Soviet children were taught to preserve nature by collecting and bringing wastepaper to school. They were encouraged to collect as much as possible. It was a good tradition that also helped to clean territories from waste, but unfortunately it is not followed anymore.
Here is just a nice selection of paintings made by various Soviet artists who depicted life in the Soviet Union. The works are dated 1947 – 1972.
Russian photographer Elena Anosova depicts life in a remote taiga village populated by 100 people who have to overcome 300 km to the nearest city.
The isolated village in the Far North of Russia has a tight connection with nature, its are ancient traditions kept alive till this day, in its unique mythology fictional objects often have more importance than modern reality. This land lives its own life, its past and present are inseparable as one.
These days seem to be gone forever but many Russians still remember them vividly. Their sweet sweet childhood, life of their parents and grandparents, poor but happy reality in the strong and big country.
So pretty natural faces and sincere smiles – Soviet women as they were in everyday life. Strong, weak, hard-working, caring, funny, overcoming, appreciating bright moments and breaking men’s hearts.
Nuclear test site Semipalatinsky, as a rather lifeless place, was chosen for the first Soviet atomic bomb explosion. It happened in mid 1940s while the last bomb was exploded there nearly thirty years ago. But these ruins remember the time long gone.