My book Masks of the Holodomor has been selected to take part in the Magnum Portfolio Review on Friday 28th June. The 30 photographers selected will be put into groups and assigned to one of the Magnum photographers who will be taking the sessions.
and David Alan Harvey.
I have my fingers crossed for Jonas group as he has done extensive work in Russia.
The trip is over, the film had been developed and the images are in.
The time to collect my archive has ended and now I am left with the mammoth task of creating a book before 10th May!
Shortly I will be posting a few ideas and images for the book, it would be great to get feedback on this if you are interested in the subject of the Holodomor, propaganda, fine art, photography or Russian history. Even if your not but feel you have something to share please feel free.
Went on a 12 miles walk in the snow today (with a chest infection) I was a bit slow but did go to 3 different cemeteries.
Also experienced a post office today.
On my last visit to Ukraine I met a wonderful family who had experienced some bad luck some may call it and I promised the children I would send them some gifts and so today was the day of posting. Unfortunately, the address was not in Russian or Ukrainian and the lady at the desk did not speak English, so I did not understand when she was trying to explain to me that the address needed to be in Russian and have a contact number but thanks to a English speaking Ukrainian I managed to post the presents for the children. I do not go a day without experiencing the helpfulness or kindness of a Ukrainian.
Spent my afternoon walking around a cemetery in kharkov. However, my time has not been overly productive due to illness but this change in pace allowed me to experience the surroundings and it really opened my eyes to the love Ukrainians hold and express. They have a wonderful way to show this love for the people who have passed through the headstone engravings and sculptures.
Second trip to Ukraine but this time kharkov via Turkey.
Word of warning if you are British and are going through Turkey for a transfer, you will need a visa to go for a fag and it will cost you £10.
Kharkov airport currency exchange will also not change British money, although everyone else will but this does not help if you are stuck at the airport.
Got caught by the police drinking and he wanted to take me away until he noticed I was British or maybe he was just in a good mood. This is unheard of in ukraine, they will take money off you even if you have not broken the law so I am extremely lucky to have this experience.
When my Ukrainian taxi driver showed up ten minutes late he asked when my flight was. As he had a little over 30 mins to do a 40min journey and was faced with bad traffic he floored it. In Ukraine, drivers are crazy anyway, which I think is odd as the driver will always been the one prosecuted if an accident happens even if he is not at fault.
So my taxi driver must have changed lanes a million times and then even drove through a petrol station to avoid a red light. I’m still alive and didn’t miss my flight so well done to him.
I then had to fly on a Fokker. Anyone who has journeyed on this plane knows how scary that is, it sounded like a 30year old motor that hadn’t been serviced in years. My mind went to dark places.
And finally I had one more flight to Amsterdam but when we arrived we were not cleared to land and the pilot decided to tell us that we could not land but we were running out of fuel ….. WHAT, WHY DID YOU TELL US THAT.
So Ukraine = safe
Transport = risk your life