In the age when Google made any information and any place accessible anytime, many of us are more and more curious about smallish things, small points on the seemingly known maps.

I’ve been to Cuba in 2006 and traveled around the island, so in 2012 I decided rather to investigate Havana at length than to hang around different cities. The idea was to make a portrait of a city through the portraits of its inhabitants.

To broaden the perspective a bit, I tried to combine the portraits with some additional details. Sometimes it was a kind of “zoom in” or “zoom out” effect, or an indirect panorama to enrich the visual experience.

Of course, some were interior portraits, and some were street shots, and the details to be photographed were not obvious. I tried to find as many occupations as I could: street traders, artists, butchers, ballet dancers, shoe cleaners are just some to mention.

People were to be found in the streets, on the road around the city. And then, there is also another on the road feeling – the one any photographer has while working on any subject.

“La Habana: Portraits on the Road” Gallery

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On one occasion Dmitry Pirkulov invited me to an airport, where he was going to train flying, and I could see how he was doing. For some reason I was curious and – off we go.

Dima flew away, but, like Karlsson from the roof, promised to come back. While waiting for him, I watched closely the two old immobilized An-2 planes, to be exact, the traces of time on their paint.

The planes were painted several times, and the paint layers were getting cracks differently, forming rich surface patterns, especially pronounced in the early sun rays.

Studying the surface with a macro lens, I arrived at a feeling, that this was a world of other dimensions. Occasionally I called it a world of an ant. I cannot see the roundness of the Earth while standing on its surface, and I cannot see the cracks and colors of the paint, if I look at the planes in their entirety. Endlessly big stuff, like endlessly small stuff, is quite far from us.

And then Dima came back, and we had dinner.

“Airplanes Macro” Gallery

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Casual Portraits, Casual Details

People and their surroundings are the most interesting objects for my photography, and I’ve been taken by them for some years now.

When people disappear, their surroundings are soon gone, too. Photography cannot save anything, but it may help us to remember.

In Khabarovsk I’ve been photographing people of various occupations and different age. Some of them I found myself, and some with the help of my Khabarovsk acquaintances. I just asked everybody to ask their friends whether they would like to pose for a photographer. Then I met those who agreed – and was never disappointed.

Actually, all these portraits are just coincidences, taken by chance. It could have been other people, other places.

One evening in Khabarovsk, I felt I was visiting people so different they were unlikely to meet in this city, but occasionally there seemed some similarity between them, too.

“Khabarovsk Portraits” Gallery

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