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I find astonishing and indescribable beauty in
wreckages of joylessly gray-coloured,
yet enchanting world of steel and concrete.
Ghosts of wicked times are calling for absolution.
Sit beside me, let's listen.
Matt, 20, Poland.
A very stub of sovietgoner was photography folder I called 'Deer Zone'. The name was result of my fascination with universe of S.T.A.L.K.E.R and name of my city which can be translated as ‘Deer Hill’… Place surrounded by mountains, forest and hundreds of palaces. Place, where waits everything dear to me. Yet there is no room for any bourgeoisie here. Even fake one, like calling old driving school a palace :)
This is my tribute to city slowly dying right before my eyes.
marydog896 said: Hi there! Your pictures are so beautiful that they are inspiring! As a fellow urbexer and photographer, I would like to ask you how did you become so good...! P.s. thanks for liking my text post, i thought nobody cared :P
It’s been long since I was that flattered! I simply believe urbex is as good as the story it’s able to tell. I keep in mind my photography will never be as powerful as history behind places I’ve explored. Sovietgoner is just a strive to be the best. And so is your work, just the same :)
I’ll be waiting for more of your adventures in abandoned world, Mary!
andreiburcea said: Love your blog ! I really like your style of photography! Keep up the good work :)
Thank you so much, Andrei! It’s uplifting to hear I might have developed a style. And it can be liked! :)
8xball said: Do you take submissions of the same style of photography on your blog?
The heart of Sovietgoner is my own photography, but as an urbexer and Lensblr editor I’m glad I could take more than a glance at your work! I’m well interested in other explorer’s splendid photography showcased here on tumblr. Pleased to meet you :)
qbnscholar said: Oh my. The sharp geometric & random shapes; the B&W tones; the composition, with the perfectly balanced rectangular shapes on the the right (light on dark) & left (dark on void); the almost half division of textures/light. Ultra cinematic.
Once again I’m swept off my feet by your unpaired eye and knowledge, Fernando! I feel like you’re reading my mind, expressing in words every deeper thought I put in my pictures. You’re a true mentor. Thank you!
you-ride-or-die said: What's the magic or special in abandoned places? The registration of a past memory or just keeping it alive by a shot? I love your blog. Keep it up :)
It’s impossible to answer correctly! I say… both. The magic of any abandoned place is the feeling you get at the back of your head, impossible to catch or fully express. It’s the call of the past. In order to fully feast eyes and soul on dilapidating sceneries, one needs to sense the weight of countless stories which rushed through the heydays.
Well… At least that’s what I try to do! :)
mycreativevoid said): I waver between envy, jealousy and down right depression every time I see one of your posts on my dash. My camera becomes a brick in my hand. :) Great work Matt
Haha, this is one of awesomest comment to receive under a photo, Taylor! Yet I have to categorically disagree. I’m posting the response, so everyone could check and see why I consider you one of the best photographers out here. I have heaps to learn from you about using the brick :)
koppdesign said: wonderful photos on the blog, I like it very much !!!
Thank you! I appreciate your praise a lot :)