I came to Donetsk from Bucuresti a month ago after a long two-days trip by train. I'm still distant here, but I will get closer sooner or later.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have not been shooting at all these days. It takes some time to get it started in a new foreign country unless you have a good contact or know the language well... But, I will probably start something within a week or two. I feel like I should keep updating blog even though i don't have new photos. So, I'm posting some photos recently published. For the fishermen stuff from the Delta, I was fortunate to have those pictures published on "Romanian" and "Japanese" versions of National Geographic. Japanese one hasn't come out, but it will next week or so.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Without too much thought, I came to Донецк, Украина. I wasn't really sure how long I was going to stay. And, I still don't know. But, I left my apartment in Bucuresti because I didn't want to pay 350 euro every month. I found cheap Russian school here, and the agent found an apartment for me. There is an internet cafe nearby, so i can work and make a living. The living cost is a lot cheaper than Bucharest, and I can also learn Russian - here people speak more Russian than Ukrainian. Russian is pretty hard, and i have been busy with learning Russian, translating and trying to meet contacts for projects. It's certainly different here. Romania and Ukraine are neighbors and were both under the communists' rule. But, mentality and cultures are pretty different, yet similar in many ways. Anyway, I guess Донецк will be a new temporary home base for a while.