Sunday, January 31, 2010

Krishenie 2010

Second time photographing Krishenie, the orthodox tradition that takes place on Jan. 19. I was in Kiev this time.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blue Mood - Five Years after Revolution (Work in Progress)

Five years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine has been struggling economically and politically. As a result, indifference and hopelessness are rampant among the voters. The incumbent, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko has already lost in the first round. Yushchenko's former rival and pro-Rusian Viktor Yanukovych, whose victory in the 2004's election was claimed fraud and annulled by the Supreme Court, advanced the second round along with Yushchenko's former ally and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who played unpopular political battles with Yushchenko. The second round is expected to be held on February 7, 2010.

Independence Square in Kiev were crowded with thousands of Orange Revolution supporters in the last election. But, the authority banned political activities there during the election time, and the square was left empty on the day before the first round of the election.

Yulia Timoshenko's campaign ad in a metro station in Kiev.

Viktor Yanukovych and Party of Region's supporters gather in St. Sophia Square in Kiev. Yanukovych, during the Orange Revolution, is now leading the poll for the presidential election.

Old man swims on a cross-shaped pond made for the Orthodox Epiphany's ritual. Many Kiev residents celebrated the holiday, and little political activities were hardly seen.

President Yushchenko lost in the first poll, finishing in the fifth.

St. Sophia Church.

Old woman walks on the street in Kiev.

Metro escalator where a number of campaign ads were hung. But, two days before the first round, all the ads were removed because of the campaign laws.

Railway station in Kiev.

Curtain of the voting booth in Dnepropetrovsk where Yulia Tymoshenko voted for the first round of the elections. She is also from Dnepropetrovsk.

Ballot box.

Tymoshenko surrounded by a number of reporters.

Tymoshenko gets out of the voting

Viktor Yanukovych.

Viktor Yanukovych's supporters gather in downtown Kiev a day after the first round of the elections.

Again Maidan.

"Place for ads" after the campaign ads were removed.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Merry Christmas From Kiev!

I just moved to Kiev. Since I moved to Ukraine, I didn't feel like there is Christmas, though a lot of Christmas trees and decoration around, because Christmas here is on the 7th of January for the orthodox and kinda gets mixed with the new year celebration, I was almost frozen and sleeping home around Christmas last year. This year I was moving from Simferopol to Kiev on the 7th. A few days later, I saw Santa Clauses still roaming around in the center of Kiev until today or so to sell pictures with them... Finally, I felt like Christmas that day.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Armenia - Nagorno-Karabakh 2

Carrying Scars

I visited Armenia (and Nagorno-Karabakh) twice last year. I liked people and the place. They are known as very friendly and hospitable people, which are very true.
Over there, I mostly photographed some issues in the country. Despite the recent development, the country is still carrying the scars from the past since the independence– the Nagorno-Karabakh War with Azerbaijan, the Armenian genocide by Turkey in the early 20’s and the deadly earthquakes. The country has great resources for tourism, as it has thousands years of history, beautiful mountains and interesting culture. And, the opening of the border with Turkey is expected to bring economical development to the country. However, Azerbaijan's opposition to the opening of the border has been hindering the border opening.
The two visits were not enough to cover the whole thing, but here is some edit.

Children pose for the picture in the meeting place built in the Soviet era in Kert, Nagorno-Karabakh. The village also suffered casualties during the war.

A village Margara is located by the closed Turkey-Armenian border.The weapon was installed during the Soviet era to watch the border with the west.

The skating rink located in the downtown area of the Armenian capital Yerevan.

The largest graveyard for the victim of the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

The street of the country's third largest town Vanadzor (Kirovakan). The city received serious damage from the Spitak earthquake in 1988.

Resident of a domik (small trailer houses) gets water in Vanadzor. Domiks were built after the earthquake destroyed a number of houses in 1988, and many poor families ended up living in the domiks for many years.

Armine Ateyan, 18, is disabled and has epilepsia and has been living with her parents and brother in the domik. Her parents were also unemployed, and they live on a small amount of allowance from the government.

The entrance of Copper smelting factory in Alaverdi, Armenia. The factory has been suspected of causing some health issues among the residents while the factory has been the main work place for the residents.

Resident of Alaverdi. She has worked at the factory for a few decades. She lost a job and now suffers lung problems while she raises a daughter.

Children pose for a picture before the service at the old monastery in Haghpat, a village near Alaverdi. The monastery founded in the 10th century is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list and attracts many tourists.

Statue of face of a man's face was installed by a local artist in Alaverdi.

The road to the Turkish border in the southwest of Yerevan. The possible opening of the border is expected to bring economic development in the region.