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By: Veronica Khokhlova

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Sunday, 9-Nov-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

I find it difficult to photograph Kyiv. When I don't have my camera with me, I can see everything partly as it is and partly as I imagine it. Everything has a memory - and often more than just one - attached to it. Every building, every backyard. But with my camera, I'm forced to see it all as it really is - and all of a sudden, I realize that way too many things would be missing from the photos... and quite a lot of what I'd normally ignore would show up... The tacky plastic windows or air conditioners, for example.

This building here has so far seemed the most appealing and the most enigmatic to me - despite the fact that I've spent most of my life living almost next to it; despite its monumental mostrosity; despite that star on top of it and despite that huge cell phone in front of it (#1)... It's a residential building, but there's also a movie theater in it - called "Friendship" - Kinoteatr "Druzhba"...

Saturday, 8-Nov-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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Khreschatyk is our main street here; I was amazed by the decorations myself - turns out they were due to the 60th anniversary of the city's liberation during WWII...

Lipki is my very favorite neighborhood in Kyiv - I can walk there with my eyes closed, and most of the time I feel very dreamy there, and very calm.

#4 is one of the government buildings - the Cabinet of Ministers or something... Huge and not too cheerful when you're standing next to it. But it is photogenic - this is the second photo of it here on Fotopages; I saw a similar one at Denny Hermanu's page -

#3 is where they used to have wedding ceremonies back in the Soviet times. The building has been totally neglected for many years now - no money for reconstruction or so they want us to think. A little bit further, where the green light is, is the building in which, allegedly, there is a room that's an exact copy of a train car - I mention it in my Evil Trains piece. They used to have our Foreign Ministry in there and now it's either being slowly reconstructed or houses the Supreme Court... (I'm not the best guide in the world, definitely...)

#5 is the fireworks as seen from the park. The park's across the street from #4.

Friday, 7-Nov-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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#1 and #2 - this is the area where Kyiv was founded originally, some 1520 years ago...

#3 and #4 - this is what Kyiv's Left Bank looks like: it is flat. But the Right Bank of the Dnieper River is quite hilly, and when I was riding my bike there a few years ago, I was constantly cursing those hills...

Thursday, 6-Nov-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Story Garden 4.0

The Story Garden has my photos in it - and two of my texts in the Not Fiction section. Check it out!

Cindy, Cami, David and Nathan - thank you so very much for doing such a great job! And thank you everyone at Scrawl for always being there for me!


Monday, 3-Nov-2003 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
St. Pete to Kyiv, on a train

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You know, I've been on so many trains - and up until now I didn't have a single picture of a train toilet... Not that I'd ever need it... But this time, as soon as I was in there and my camera happened to be in my bag, I couldn't resist taking a few pictures...

Here are the links to my pieces about post-Soviet trains and how they've affected my life:

Evil Trains (3 A.M. Magazine)

Red Dusk (Newtopia Magazine)

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