Part of Odessa’s charm is always close, but never in plain sight. The city is famous for its hidden courtyards, and rightly so. This series of three shows the diversity of these hidden spots, of which countless examples can be found throughout the city.
These photos were taken in the so-called Gogol House in Odessa, once home to the important Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol. The house dates back to 1846 and was owned by the writer’s uncle. The once luxurious villa has gone through many phases of repurposing since, including its use as barracks for the military, before finally […]
Odessa is an important city historically, and its harbour still is an important one on the Black Sea. A lot of its architecture is based on Western European styles, but its rough edges are what make the city truly unique. This mixture of industry, infrastructure and abandoned buildings are central to this series.
Old Lada’s are still a common sight in Odessa, and they go well with the old city’s messy streets and courtyards. In Odessa, there is a surprise around every corner, but the Lada is a consistent element.
My first experience with the exploring and capturing of abandoned places still is hard to beat. De Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine, designated shortly after the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl in 1986, covers an area with a diameter of roughly 60 kilometers. Virtually no people have lived in this area since the disaster happened. In […]
Recent events have made Ukraine synonym with conflict. In 2011, however, I discovered a different Ukraine: a country of peaceful, sunlit streets and everyday concerns.