Rebecca Litchfield is a fine art photographer who has just produced a book titled Soviet Ghosts — The Soviet Union Abandoned — which was released this week. While collecting the stunning photographs contained in Soviet Ghosts, she risked radiation exposure, experienced arrest and interrogation and was accused of espionage. She said:
Not many explorers travel to Russia where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. There are serious consequences for getting caught. We managed to stay hidden for all of the trip, we maximized our stealthiness, ducking and diving into bushes and sneaking past sleeping security. But on day three our good fortune ran out as we visited a top secret radar installation. After walking through the forest, mosquitos attacking us from all directions, we saw the radar and made our way towards it, but just meters away suddenly we were joined by military and they weren’t happy…
Luckily, after some drawn out conversations between her guides and the military, followed by an unexpected trip to a military base and a long wait, Rebecca was allowed to continue on her adventure through the ruins of soviet bloc, and witness many sights never before seen by western eyes.
From brutal eastern bloc architecture to haunting images of faded theaters, the emotional effect of this poetic collection of images will keep you coming back for more, while a series of expert articles offer in-depth analysis of the historical context. The book is published by Carpet Bombing Culture.
All images by Rebecca Litchfield.
Soviet Ghosts published by Carpet Bombing Culture.
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