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Just a quick update

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Okay, so things have been a little bit hectic of late.  After only getting back from Ukraine recently I fly back out on Wednesday to continue with my ongoing project.

On my last trip I managed to travel to another city ‘Zhytomyr’ which was very different to Kyiv.  There were no Aston Martin’s or Ferrari’s.  No, this was more ‘horse and carriage’ than ‘horseless carriage’.   Very soviet in its appearance and struggling economically in many parts.  I also had the pleasure of travelling to a village called Shpt’ky.  Here I was welcomed by a Ukrainian family and treated to a true Ukrainian meal.

These are the kind of places where I want to develop my project further.  To document social change and struggle in the real Ukraine.

I’m also planning to start using audio more to bring the images and stories to life.  Yes, photofilms could be the way forward.

It’s a shame that I will not be in Ukraine for the forthcoming elections, but in all honesty I don’t see any major change coming.  Stories of corruption, bribes and ‘gifts’ have been pouring in all month so I don’t hold out much hope of a true and fair election.


Written by Dean O'Brien

October 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Posted in Ukraine

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