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Moscow Series: Below by myownself Moscow Series: Below by myownself
Sure, it was unfair to post "Back from U.S.S.R." without a story.

Well, at first I thought I'd bore you but here is it anyway.

No one comes to Russia in February. All the New Year festivities are passed, you're just days away from submitting that %#$ing thesis and no, you don't come in February even if you can't afford a dentist here in US, because there's always summer and Eve of the Epiphany is the last day you'd want to walk around with a toothache.

But when you mother, over and over, on the phone tells you in flat sedative voice that grandpa is ok, just like he was last week and a week before and a week before, so that this scary word "stroke" is supposedly lost in the miles and miles of long and winded phone cables, you can't do nothing but to pack your bags and go.

19 hours on the plane with a few connections, one hour subway, 3 hours on train, a bus - and you are walking into tiny stuffed room, where my grandpa like Pope John Paul II with his head slumped to his chest, talks quietly to his own gods, supported by numerous pillows. He no longer recognizes me, but I squeeze his feeble palm to feel that my grandpa is no longer there, he’s in that shaking head that sings his silent songs.

I’ve gotten too soft in America, I hid in the bathroom to cry. To cry among the half a dozen of buckets with my grandpa’s diapers. My grandma doesn’t have a washing machine; she washes them by hand, so that sweet putrid smell mixes with baby talc, with conversations about new nedeed medications and with the simple food that my grandma made for me.

I didn’t take too many photos in Russia. But these two, “Below” and and the previous one “Above” are the only ones I have for you.

I never liked selling my prints, I probably never will, but if you’d like to buy one now, including "Back from U.S.S.R." or something from here [link] , please, let me know, myownself@gmail.com. I’ll pass the money to my family.
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abaloo72 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing!! 
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Niquest Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
как круто! я не сразу понял, что это фото.
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shine2rust Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
"The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough."

Ezra Pound - In a Station of the Metro :thumbsup:
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deliverinsanity Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
This is pretty much stunning. I was born in Moscow, and even though UK has become my second home now, there is something called motherland. I'll be going back for summer. Can't wait.
Again, amazing photo.
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Goodfoot42 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
:wave:

I featured this shot here: [link]

:peace:
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:iconboblea:
boblea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
You made me cry. I hardly ever cry :+fav: they should do a fav emoticon made of tears instead of stars.
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EbruSidar Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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The-name1ess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Freaking awesome :D
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:iconkayceeus:
kayceeus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been a fan of yours for a while now but you never cease to amaze me, outstanding work!
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:iconsi-rk:
si-rk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
and how did you get up there?
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:iconsi-rk:
si-rk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
would you show us the EXIF information? or at least the shutter speed :)
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:icondrefochat:
drefochat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
du grand art ,,
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:icontrinidaddd:
trinidaddd Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007   Photographer
nice pic!
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:iconaka-spirit:
aka-spirit Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
Thank you, vary beautiful..
my town))
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d-e-x-x-a Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007   Photographer
it's amazing!
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peace-love-hippies Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007   Photographer
Wow the...I don't know how you would put it...

Ah yes the view of this picture is very beautiful
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:iconwalyai:
WaLyAi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
Excellent the staff))
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:iconallkey:
Allkey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007
A little bit of scary, but good work.

You have really shown the speed of moscow metro, it is always rush down there. :)
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Libertyfive-3000 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
oh man. this is amazing. i heart the moscow metro and this is a great portrayal of it.
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olumdenyoksun Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
wooww, love it,,,,,
i,
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:iconpasteklord:
pasteklord Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Just great! Nothing else to say, I'm stunt!
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AlinaTsvor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
thats a cool shot.
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xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Professional Photographer
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:iconspiraldown:
spiraldown Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
This is so fucking beautiful. I will definately contact you abouta print.
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Pete-B Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006
This is amazing. The slow shutter has given it the busy feeling. I'm just an awe of this.
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truthcanbebought Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
fantastic!
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thomas-darktrack Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006
great use of low shutter speed ! :clap:
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zigurat84 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
the is absolutely nothing to comment uppon this. The whole concept of this picture is superb!!
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oddlylacking Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   General Artist
Ah, that's one of the best urban photos I've ever seen. Great story too, though I'm sorry you've had to live it.
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Svennovitch Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
:worship: Great shot! :-)
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eu-prleu-peupeu Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
i love you very nice
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:iconredguard:
redguard Featured By Owner May 18, 2006   Traditional Artist
Nice picture, but I though it was forbidden to take pictures in the Moscow metro...It is in Kiev at least.
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:iconlyttah:
Lyttah Featured By Owner May 13, 2006  Professional Photographer
отличное месиво!
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:icontaoge:
taoge Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
the long exposure really makes the people look ghost-ly haha :D nevertheless, amazing work!
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:iconmatic:
matic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006  Professional Filmographer
This is stunning! +fav
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mollim000 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2006
superb!
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ganooov Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006   Photographer
awesome.
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:iconaspirit:
aspirit Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006   Photographer
I find well executed slow shutter speed shots utterly fascinating. This one is no exception, and in fact even more interesting by the melancholy mood.
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kevissimo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome home, Asya....
Even this you translate in art.

But welcome home.
Let's get coffee soon.
We have much to talk about....
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only-zuul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
What a story. It helps explain so much about your eyes in the "Back..." photo. I'm so sorry about your grandpa.

I love the motion in this photo, the energy and the way everything just flows into everything else. Beautiful and well done, especially as a complement to "Above"...
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sketched86 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006   Photographer
I really like this. I especially like it because I went to Russia :)
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IntoxicatinglyFutile Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006   Writer
Stunning bit of chaos you've captured there

Hope it all works out well
:heart:
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:iconred-oleander:
red-oleander Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006   Photographer
congratulations
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londonxpress Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
This shot is beautiful - the sense of movement that you have captured almost creates the feeling of rapidly flowing water. I've always been a fan of your toning and this shot is no exception - wonderful!
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Raventhird Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
Applause. That's incredible photography here.
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sleepingawakerza Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
nearly perfect

:+fav:
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Grace1129 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006   Photographer
Inspiring.
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:iconsouk1501:
souk1501 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
Awesome capture. Make me feel like I was there.
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oxoxHERxoxo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
You make it seem like a ghost world... hauntingly beautiful.
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Azodd Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006   Interface Designer
:headbang:
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