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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, I’ll pass the money to my family.
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abaloo72 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Niquest Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
как круто! я не сразу понял, что это фото.
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:
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.
Goodfoot42 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008

I featured this shot here: [link]

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.
EbruSidar Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
:clap: :clap: :clap:
The-name1ess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Freaking awesome :D
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!
si-rk Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
and how did you get up there?
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