First time I visited the Donbass region was at the beginning of summer of 2014, right at the beginning of the military conflict.
Black days of Ukraine
I arrived to the Ukrainian city of Luhansk in the early summer of 2014 and then it was still a peaceful town, but the feeling of an impending disaster was already in the air and and every following day it was getting stronger.
Splinters of Broken Silence
Exotics, hot climate, interesting culture and history, and unbelievable hospitality of local people impressed me so much, I immediately fell in love with this country.
In November 2013, as a phogorhapher I accompanied the Olympic Torch relay.
In 2012, a rebellion broke out in the north of Mali, where the Tuaregs established and proclaimed the independence of their own state, Azawad, to protest against alleged racial discrimination, as the color of their skin is not as dark as that of the Malian majority.
Against the Holy Spirit
“And what kind of person are you?” – A Doukhobor. – Why are you called doukhobor? Because God is a spirit, God is a word, God is a man. I praying and give my regards to God with the help of the spirit. That is why I’m a doukhobor.”
Explosive quiet life
According to the opinion of the human rights organisations, this region is the most dangerous place for living in Europe. Armed incidents in Dagestan occur almost every day.
Batman wakes up when Lugansk city falls asleep. 'Batman' is the code sign of one of the most authoritative warlords.
The city in a green mist
This city is nearly 2,000 years old, most of which it has been defended, seized, destroyed, rebuilt. The majority of buildings in the city are two or three floors huts made of mud.
Prison fashion week
The golden sand of life and death
A few years ago the African state of Mali was covered by the real gold rush. The most part of the gold diggers come from the poorest corners of Mali, as well as from the northern regions of the country affected by the political and military crisis.
Ongoing conflict in Ukraine between separatists and the Ukrainian government army led the country to the full-scale hostilities. There always at least two armed fighting sides in any war.
The so-called «Perestroika”, initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-80s of the 20th century and the collapse of the USSR, turned into a series of territorial and ethnic conflicts throughout the former Soviet Empire, especially in the South Caucasus.
In the autumn of 2020, the military actions between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and the armed formations of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with the support of Armenia resumed. The clashes were the longest and bloodiest in the region since the end of the Karabakh war in 1994. The fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia lasted six weeks and ended on November. Many Armenian families had to leave Karabakh and their houses even though the truce was announced. The exodus of the Armenians that repeated the events of the end of the last century is depicted on the family portraits.
Romantics of the Soviet era
Baikal-Amur Railway (in Russian is often called simply BAM) is the eastern part of the Great Northern Railway Line, a Soviet project started in 1928. The new railway was supposed to help develop the natural resources of the areas through which it was laid, but in reality the construction of industrial complexes along its length did not take place either under the USSR or after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
On invisible wings
The fate of the ballerinas is both wonderful and sad, they all consist of contradictions. Naive and cynical, frivolous and prudent, these "etheric creatures" must constantly engage in heavy physical exercises, honing movements and postures in hours-long exercises and rehearsals.