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!
eloisavaldes asked: Great to see lensblr back! :D
We enjoy our comeback a lot. Thank you so much, Eloisa!
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.
qbnscholar: Great photo and question. I always see these types of pictures as going forth.
This is quite interesting, as it works conversely for me. Empty, abandoned corridors like 'Scarecrow' are a promise of the unknown, where the light doesn't reach.
I’m looking behind.
qbnscholar: This picture is AWESOME. But then, so is your content. Congrats.
It’s thanks to you and your support I could create this picture. Thank you, thank all of you for this warm excitement every time we meet on this post-soviet wasteland you made blossom.
See you soon!
unridiculed asked: wow. I'm a fan. I think what you have to express is so real, and you do it so vividly. great job.
Thank you, Maria.
Even gray, dead world is way too abundant to fully express it. But it’s still fun to try!