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Malkovich (pedestrian), New Canadian (passenger) and others in Moscow.
Old 10-16-2016   #1
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Malkovich (pedestrian), New Canadian (passenger) and others in Moscow.

I was in Moscow for two weeks. To see my parents and get my internal passport renewed. I spend a lot of time on commuting. Walked, took bus, subway (metro), city new just opened train and suburb train.
For pictures I was interested in I used M4-2 with Summarit-M 35 2.5, loaded with AGFA ISO 400 RPX film which I received as the present from Moscow earlier.

I have five rolls taken and developed. I decided to use fresh stock RC 8x10 Ilford paper to print.



So far, I printed two dozens or so. And would like to show some of them here. This was first print batch.



One of our daughters made two comments after checking prints today.

№1. "It looks better than Canon (digital stuff), paper must be expensive."
№2. "Moscow looks sad."
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Beginning.
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Beginning.

Nothing original to start with. Red Square.



Common tourists are entering Red Square.



Person on the right is impersonating Putin. He was on brake, but still managed to tell me "Russia, move on!".



Whom this pedestrian was impersonating? Or was he?



Last picture was taken by the Moscow Hotel near Read Square.
Back in 1991 we celebrated our Rocket Scientists diplomas at the balcony restaurant in Moscow Hotel.
One of us was saying this - "do you realize, we would never see each other again"...
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Hehe, There are several "official" Putin body doubles used, some you can tell they are not the real McCoy very easily but all look more "Putinesque" than that fellow you photographed.

Heck, even James Bond actor Craig Daniels would make a better Putin double with the right make-up.
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Don't you think I have meet one for Lenin?
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Don't you think I have meet one for Lenin?
I am sure Lenin had body doubles in his time, Stalin had several official body doubles and speaking of Lenin or Lennon, so did the Beatles.

I recently watched the 1966 John Lennon film "How I won the War" and around 80% of the Lennon acting scenes were done by a John Lennon double.

But that is nothing new, as late in that same year (1966) another body double, a genuinely musically talented one at that, replaced Paul McCartney and that guy is still playing the part of Paul McCartney 50 years later... and to great success I might add, that even the real Paul McCartney would have had a hard time topping him.
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Don't you think I have meet one for Lenin?
A little black hair dye and it be pretty close!
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The Putin character needs to be shorter and be bare-chested, riding a tiger
Nice thread, looking forward to more!
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Wool flat cap, reading.
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Wool flat cap, reading.

Thank you, Lynn!

Two following pictures have common things. Obviously, reading and something which came to me later.




Wool flat cap it is very common.





I think it is common from Lenin and famous Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin. One of my sport teammate used to live in same apartment building were retired Yashin was living. Or it is just easy to wear, most likely.
My last wool flat cap was purchased at the end of nineties in Moscow. According to its label it was made in Canada...

I have another stories about book in first photo and window view on second one. If anyone is interested, let me know.
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Not fair. Of course we all want the stories. And the answer to what came to you later. That's marvellously pensive John Malkovich you caught there.
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Love the flat cap photos. More, please.
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Da, we want stories too.
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So one is reading a book on Chess. Must be openings theory. The other looks like a newspaper, and perhaps the chess column there from your hint about something else in common....

My opinion of the Malkovich photo is that it is indeed him and not his doppelgänger.
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Film is gone.
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Film is gone.

Thanks to all of you for comments and interest to have more stories

One is the Chess theory book and in another it is crossword. Both have squares and both are taken on the train.

Chess story... It was very popular in seventies and eighties. Many boys have played and men. I played, but it was primitive. And my father played. Every tourist camp we would go in the summer, first days he would play Chess with anyone who wanted. He was playing until everyone loss to him. One day after work he went to new, build for Olympics, sport center near home to meet players at local Chess Club were most advanced players meet. He came very late and told us what he didn't joined the Club, because he won to all of them... One day, back in eighties he called Karpov "a puppy"....

Another illustrated story from this trip. I went to purchase memory card for Leica M-E at small photo printing store in the indoor plaza near the local subway station. On the receipt I checked at home the name of the store is "Plenki.net" ltd.
It means something similar to "Film is gone".



I printed another fifteen 8x10 yesterday, seventy sheets almost gone and it looks like I will need at least another 25+10 pack to finish with this trip candid, street pictures prints.
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Love and fruits de l'amour.
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Love and fruits de l'amour.



Benches. Some of the are like these in Moscow and they are same as I remember them and have seen in old pictures and movies.

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North Port.
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North Port.

Moscow has two river ports. South port and North Port. My parents place isn't far from the north one. They took me where many times...



It is still the same, parents with kids on bicycles.



This part of the port is dedicated for cruises.


Electricians are talking how they have to work for six days and no brakes.


Smell of deep, fresh water in this place is something I consider as smell of motherland...

You could see on the last print the result of dropping film cassette from the camera on the asphalt, only few first frames were affected.
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Subway is Metro.
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Subway is Metro.

Moscow Subway called Metropoliten. During rush hours trains might go every half-a-minute. New stations getting opened regularly and even new lines. High speed Internet is free.

At "Sokolniki" station. No idea why this kind of table was where. According to the plate, Moscow metro is Lenin Metro. Named in memory of him. Opening was in May 1935.




Family.




One of the old stations. He is looking at mosaics.




"Sokol" is same as "Sokolniki", sharing bird name (Falcon), hunting with falcons was popular before city came. During Stalin time they also called some people as Red Sokols.
At the "Sokol" Station.




I spend many years going to and from this station. My university is near.
And then this guy entered I knew he was from the same University. I just feel it.

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Friday picture!

This one was taken on M&G of rangefnder.ru members. The film I was using for Moscow trip was the present from person on the right. I think, he is also RFF member "volver".



I also received J-12 made in 1950 as the gift on this meeting. I took care of it and after DIY CLA shimmed it for M.
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Visitors of Pushkin Museum.
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Visitors of Pushkin Museum.

One of Museums I like is Pushkin Museum.
I went where after many years. Checked my favorites and took pictures of visitors.













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Now I want to go and see Moskou. Damn.
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Now I want to go and see Moskou. Damn.
I have seen many people from Europe in this place and some other places. It is relatively cheap to visit, but language is still the barrier. I was helping two young tourists from China with purchase, because lady in the museum store wasn't speaking English.
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I always love looking at your images, you have a true distinctive style along with interesting captions for each photo

I'm looking forward to more!
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great images and interesting stories, thanks. i specially like the metrò photos!
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Thank you Gary and Robert! Your comments gave me happy feelings. Something like receiving award!
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November 7th.
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November 7th.

It is November 7th today, for person from FSU Moscow it means Parade on Red Square. My grandfather took me once. He had this privilege to be. November 7th used to be cold. Later on as volunteering at my first work we were staying inline at the entrance to the Red Square during Nov. 7th Parade. The place we were staying is visible at one of the pictures in the post number two.

Many Lenin's portraits used to be at November 7th in FSU...


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Moscow buddies of spirit.
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Moscow buddies of spirit.

It used to be much more winos around Moscow, but not in this time.
He is holding money I gave him for picture.






"О, спорт, ты спирт!" - "oh, sport, you are the spirit".
This fella is discharging small bottle of strong spirit before entering "Спортивная" subway station. This station named as "Sports" near by the sports complex "Luzniki"






I noticed this person because he was in front and at some distance. He was trying to ask something almost everyone. Once I was close I took him. He noticed and we started to talk. He asked if it is going to happen. I asked what is going to happen. He told what on the radio they told about Obama warning of terrorist attack, because of Russia military actions in Syria. I new about this as well and I told it was BS. He was very talkative and under some influence it seems. Maybe medication effect on little bit of alcohol. Word by word, it appears what his ex and daughter are living very close to where we are in Canada.

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Prints.

Prints from exposures taken during Moscow trip.
Most are on 8x10 Ilford RC paper, some are on old 5x7 Ilford FB paper.

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Space is Cosmos.
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Space is Cosmos.

Space is Cosmos in Russian.



Big stories about Russian first steps in the Space program was told by its pioneers back in eighties. I was one of the students.




Buran is soviet Space Shuttle. It was dumped on some open space at Moscow amusement park for years, but they managed to get it to another place and now it is run as museum.



My uncle was proud about this monument. He was part of the team to install it.
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Space is Cosmos in Russian.



Big stories about Russian first steps in the Space program was told by its pioneers back in eighties. I was one of the students.
Ko, this is a fantastic image.

I have a friend in Bulgaria whose dad apparently worked on Buran somehow... Kind of neat to see it in your images.
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Very nice. And interesting. In your photos Moscow looks and feels almost the same as I saw it when I was there in 87/88 (during my military service). I believe it is very different now, but those your images reminds me of the old one.
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Unknown Aivazovski.
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Unknown Aivazovski.

"Back to the USSR" for sure...



If you wake me up and ask for Russian painter name ... Aivazovsky, but how many paintings of his I know...

Signature on the gate is "Unknown Aivazovsky exhibition".
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Mosselmash Station.

Foggy morning. We are on our 2 1/2 hours way to my parents dacha by the suburb train.



Long walking bridge. Ostankino transmission tower is visible on horizon.



It used to be a lot of noise due to sorting out of freight railcars. Day and night they used loudspeakers to communicate. Empty now. Construction cranes are due to new bridge for cars.
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I was wondering when the next update was going to be! Keep 'em coming
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I had not seen this series before -- wonderful! (And I get to test my Russian a little bit.) Yes, more please!
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Dacha is Fazenda.
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Dacha is Fazenda.

Thank you, KoNickon.



So, after two hours ride on the suburb train we arrived at Konakovsky Moch Station.
Not so far from it they have Russian Rock version of Woodstock. But everything nearby station is dachas now. Funny how this Russian word is adopted now in English. In earlier nineties in Russia dacha was called fazenda. Why? Because very first soap opera broadcasted in USSR was Brazilian Isaura: Slave Girl working hard on fazenda. This what was happening around Moscow in earlier nineties, people were given free land to build dachas and they worked their butts out like slaves.
People cooperated to build and organize. Decades latter it looks similar to villages.


Power substation.

This is what happened with many dachas. Parents spend all time and lots of money to build. But kids are not interested.



Many dachas are one generation only. Kids are staying in the city and travel somewhere else on vacation.



At my parents dacha. Last time I was where I told them what we are moving to Canada. Here old washing machine on this picture. It was at parents apartment before and I played with its timer dial and modes switching stick as I was kid.



Inside of the shed my father build. One of the wall has prints from photos (files) which I send to my father at our first year in Canada...
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About smiles.
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About smiles.

In Russia here is one broad assumption about people on the West. Assumption is what people on the West are smiling, but it is false.





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Couple of questions:
1. What do you do when you make eye contact with someone, frown? or avoid eye contact at all cost?
2. Any restrictions on public photography in Russia? What about in smaller towns?
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1. I'm not avoiding contacts including eye contacts. In any country. I smile, just because how I feel, and I sometimes ending up talking. You have to look into the person eyes to understand, sometimes it leads to understanding what picture is not to be taken.

2. I can't tell about all Russia. It is huge country with many different cultures and regions with different religions and believes. In Moscow I was not restricted at all. It was very pleasing photo experience.
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Ko.Fe. This is just wonderful. Please post more. I love seeing what you saw and reading what you think about it. This is Priceless! I would love to visit Pushkin museum...
Thank you!
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