Anonymous asked: Your photographs are awesome. Your captions are overwrought and insufferable.
Thank you, I value your input.
Watching is usually only part of perception. I believe my images are incomplete without those captions, even if they are irritating. This is the way I include impressions from places I visit.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.