The remnants of the Soviet Union
• The remains of the Soviet Union
In 2013 photo artist Rebecca Litchfield (Rebecca Litchfield) received an order for a series of photographs of abandoned buildings in the former Soviet Union and post-Soviet states. Having been in more than ten countries and made many trips during the year, Rebecca photographed building in Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, Ukraine and Russia.
Hungary, Locomotive MAV 424.
Russia, summer camp.
For Rebecca it was not just a journey: she had very specific goals, which at the same time, it provided the freedom of creativity.
"My goal was to capture for the book crumbling Soviet empire, before it disappears completely title of the book -." The ghosts of the Soviet Union "- linked with the phantoms and stories that are left after the collapse of the Soviet Union when. -That was a living, breathing organism, but with the fall of communism, many places were abandoned and deserted, like the skeletons of forgotten times. the people who once lived there and worked, still haunted by memories of the past. "
Germany, pilots school.
Germany, a military base.
Bulgaria, the Soviet monument.
During the journey Rebecca visited abandoned cities, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theaters, military facilities, psychiatric hospitals, concentration camps, and even visited the Soviet submarine. Determine their location was not easy, but thanks to the active search for Rebecca managed to find the most interesting places to shoot. Germany, the Soviet headquarters.
"Having spent a year filming abandoned buildings in the Ukraine and in Belgium, I wanted to create a book about this, but it seems the book is already there, so I wanted to find something unique, something no one has yet found . interest in the Soviet Union has caused me a trip to Ukraine in Chernobyl. it was obvious that after the collapse of a huge empire will be a lot of abandoned buildings, and I set a goal to find them. I was looking for related to Soviet history of the place. Some were literally soaked it for the lifetime of the Council Skog Union, while others have retained only its individual particles ", - says Rebecca.
Estonia, Patarei prison.
"Despite the fact that these places are mostly deserted and certainly seem gloomy, I was not afraid," - says Rebecca.
"Black Widow" Soviet submarine.
"I think that all people are curious what they do not know or with which they are not familiar in the wilting has its own beauty:. This poetry glorifying nature, which takes back what it once gave When I get inside the building. I take your breath away: I find myself in a world in which so long untouched by human textures and smells seem quite unusual long lack of people in these places make them sinister imagination agitated questions What kind of people lived here What did they do and!...? why they are no longer here? "
"In my opinion, this place is not terrible, on the contrary, I feel safer in places untouched by humans, where there is only nature, rather than in a really bustling, hectic world in which people are always somewhere to rush in the chaos of life. in the abandoned buildings I relax and distract from the stresses of everyday life. "
Ukraine, Chernobyl Hospital.
"Some people ask me if I'm afraid of ghosts and bad people who can be here I guess I just do not feel it when I walk into a building, all such emotions disappear and everything about what I think - is the creation of pictures.. I want to capture the beauty that I see and feel in each photo. From a technical point of view, I want to capture the place as best as possible, so I make 5 shots to make sure I catch all the nuances of light and shadow. Then, I used to manually connect them in Photoshop, Thu Oba create a picture with perfect exposure. On the creative side, I want to make the audience feel the same that I feel in this place myself. So, on what we focus on, is something to which we are emotionally attached. These are the things I'm looking for and I hope to capture them to show them to people. With these photos I want to breathe life into a forgotten place again. "
Czech Republic, Milovice.
The military hospital in Poland.