corpse of the gone world
April162014

sheleavesmewithjellylegs asked: why sovietgoner? I always favored the soviet union over many things when I did history.... but yeah, just interested. Also sorry in advance if this is a repeated question

It turns out to be a really fine question. Guess I had to answer this only once, on 1st April two years ago… when I created this place :) It might have changed since then, or maybe the name already contained several meanings. The world I portray here is already a goner, empty corpse. The places I visit are dead, even if crowded and vivacious at first sight. Ruins of soviet realm around me contain an unique element, impetus that wakes eerie wanderlust. I hope you understand what I ineptly try to describe.

I think I’m kind of a goner as well, as a human. Maybe that’s why I came up with this… And some cool names were already taken.

M.

April152014

atomicspark asked: Powitać. Twoje zdjęcia pomogły mi podjąć decyzję - czas zacisnąć zęby i pasa i spełnić marzenie, kupić aparat. Pozdrawiam, i czekam na kolejne Twoje dzieła.

Kupno aparatu może być najlepszą decyzją Twojego życia. Jeżeli moje fotografie się do tego przyczynią, nie znam wspanialszego komplementu!

~Mat

April132014
April72014

woundedfox asked: Ten blog jest idealny. Dziękuję Ci za niego. :)

Mówią, że ideałów nie ma, choć bardzo bym pragnął. Dziękuję Ci, że tutaj swój odnalazłaś… na śmietnisku niechcianego świata :)

~Mateusz

March252014

mmansheim asked: Hello! What inspired you to have the idea to start taking pictures? Michael

Hi Michael! It’s a good question, honestly.

1. Couple years ago I used to shoot only at the pond next to my house. Point-and-shoot cam I got from my parents for 15th birthday in hand. Water, nature, dragonflies.

2. Stalker: Call of Pripyat came in package with five postcards containing scenes from Pripyat. I promised myself: “One day I will get there, any way possible”. All five postcards are still glued to wall in my room.

3. Meanwhile I got into airsoft. We used to shoot at abandoned, post-soviet sites of my city: factories, military zones. I saw my beloved places turned into ashes.

4. I finally understood that my promised Pripyat isn’t as far away as I thought. And I started taking pictures.

~Matt

March232014

lenselover asked: I enjoy your blog so much!

And I enjoy your joy, Samantha! As much as I delight in tales of the past, beauty of springtime rain, light of full moon and cracked concrete under my feet.

Thank you.

~Matthew

March92014
March22014
Sovietgoner has surpassed 2.000 followers!
I have never explored a place big enough to gather all of you, people who joined this eerie trip behind the iron courtain.
Thank you for being by my side,
~Mateusz Kamiński

Sovietgoner has surpassed 2.000 followers!

I have never explored a place big enough to gather all of you, people who joined this eerie trip behind the iron courtain.

Thank you for being by my side,

~Mateusz Kamiński

February172014
'Lackluster'
Empty, dull, tarnished. Gaze of a goner.
Have you ever glanced the dead in the eyes?

'Lackluster'

Empty, dull, tarnished. Gaze of a goner.

Have you ever glanced the dead in the eyes?

February102014
'Portal'
Behind open doors, behind broken locks, so different from cold walls and icy draft… Forest. Golden, warm and welcoming. 

'Portal'

Behind open doors, behind broken locks, so different from cold walls and icy draft… Forest. Golden, warm and welcoming. 

February32014

dr-lilith-belial-deactivated201 asked: Ever been in risk of radiation poisoning? Have you ever met a real stalker?

I have only been in risk of ‘regular’ poisoning, fall from height, unexploded mines, watchdogs and once possibly being stabbed. Like many other explorers. My final objective will definitely be adding radiation to this short list. Unfortunately, such luxury is unobtainable in Poland. I’ll need to head East, but right now I’d rather aid Kiev protesters than visit Pripyat.

Have I met a real stalker? Everything depends on definition. If you mean people who enter danger zones to loot scrap metal and other valuable stuff, we don’t call them stalkers but ‘złomiarze’. I meet them quite often. I don’t think there is any exact equivalent in english. In french it would be ferrailleur, I guess?

If you mean Pripyat ones, I haven’t. There aren’t many true stalkers nowadays… not where I live!

As for the LARP stalkers… I am one.

M.

February22014
January262014
'The Outer Ring'
Inferno is cold and empty. All sinners left long ago.
Standing on stage of this sick theater.

'The Outer Ring'

Inferno is cold and empty. All sinners left long ago.

Standing on stage of this sick theater.

January242014
January112014

Post-soviet vagabond

Whew, finally!

This is the moment I’ve waited so long for. I left my armchair, tea, sense of duty and grabbed girly-named camera, dilapidated shirt and frayed gloves to turn again into sovietgoner- last of the looters. Take first glance, this is the place where I will take you now. From this day we will go in circles, round or around, circumnavigate and stroll through arcuate corridors like in Dante’s Inferno. Let me be Vergil during trip through all circles of this bizarre centeen. Apotheosis of soviet fantasy condensed into concrete rotunda, robbed from everything but dignity.

This is going to be urbex experience without any straight line. Let’s go!

~Matt

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