There are a lot of photogenic places in the world but some of them are outstanding. One stunning example came to my attention via Abuzeedo today: the Antelope Canyon. This colorful landscape is located on Navajo land in Arizona and probably one of the most photographed canyons in the US. After digging through Flickr I found that one of my favourite photo sets of this place was shot by Australian photographer Brent Pearson who managed to deal with the light and the crowd in the canyon: “I did manage to snap a few shots of Antelope Canyon while visiting there with my family. But what a zoo it was! I couldn’t believe it. The canyon was packed, I think they have lifted the restrictions to how many tours can go through Upper Antelope at one time, and it was literally a zoo.” Look how he captured the waves and the colors made of sand stone and light. Amazing pictures of an amazing place!
183Art, 28-year old Russian artist Pavel Pukhov, leaves an ever growing collection of eye-catching guerilla art around Moscow. Last week the Guardian dubbed him the Russian Banksy. Now Pukhov responded in the Russian edition of the Interview Magazine stating “I am not the Russian Banksy, you could call Putin like that!” Pukhov suggests that the biggest Russian street art project right now is the protesting people in the streets after Putins vote rigging at last year’s parliamentary election. The Russian Presidential elections are held next month. Stay updated on www.183art.ru and watch the making-of movies on Pavel’s Youtube channel.
All images © Pavel Pukhov / 183Art.ru
Druzhba Sanatorium in Yalta is a stunning soviet building that appears on the cover of a beautiful TASCHEN book that I bought recently. The book is called “CCCP – Cosmic Communist Construction Photographed” and was edited by French photographer Frédéric Chaubin, who is also Citizen K‘s editor in chief. Many of the pictures reminded me of all those crazy – ugly and beautiful – modernist buildings I saw when travelling across Russia. The books title recalled a big questions I asked myself as a kid: What do these five letters CCCP on Yury Gagarins rocket stand for? So many C’s and one P, but “Soviet Union” had neither in it. It took me until 2012 to understand that it means “Cosmic Communist Construction Photographed”.
Especially intriguing to me (and to the Pentagon as I found out later) was the cover photograph of the Druzhba sanatorium (“Friendship Spa”) in Yalta on the Crimea peninsula (Click to see it on the map). Druzhba Sanatorium will definitely be a destination on my next trip to the Ukraine. I made a quick research on the Russian speaking internet and found some really interesting pictures to complete the book’s experience. There is even a floor plan of what could be a starship for Star Trek or an UFO. So lay back, enjoy your stay and the view on the black sea before we take off to Mars!
Some facts about the Druzhba Sanatorium
The Druzhba sanatorium was built from 1983 till 1985 and is considered the masterpiece of its architect Igor Vasilievsky and engineer Yurij Stefanchuk. The construction was a challenge: three huge concrete pillars were planted in the shoreline. Then two enormous concrete cylinders with a diameter of 76 metres were seated on the three pillars. Three additional roundhouses are sitting on top of the upper cylinder. Suspended between the pillars is a sea-water swimming pool.
The book by Frédéric Chaubin | All images found at yandex.ru
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