HomoSovieticus

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  1. Rusty heaven!
  2. Wait, were the lights on?!
  3. Got to love the personal items, they give that place some soul. Great find!
  4. East Fortune is a small village in South-East Scotland, famous for the airfield constructed in 1915 to help protect Britain against German Zeppelins during the WWI. In 1922 a hospital was founded on a nearby plot of land. Named The East Fortune Hospital it initially served as a tuberculosis sanatorium until the WWII when the unit was moved to the Bangour village about 40 miles to the west (closed in 2004 and now derelict). Falling number of the tuberculosis cases in Scotland cause the hospital to be converted to a clinic for mentally handicapped in 1956. It served that purpose until 1997 when it was finally closed down for good with the patients transferred to a nearby unit in Haddington. There are asbestos dust warnings all over the place so mask is highly recommended however it seems that most of it was already removed judging by the missing ceilings in some of the buildings.
  5. And a couple more bonus photos, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is one of the largest Palaces of Culture in the post-soviet block and among the tallest buildings in Europe. Standing over 230 metres high and constructed in 1955 as a "token of friendship" by the Soviet government it contains commercial and public offices, concert halls, theatres, the Polish Academy of Sciences and a couple of museums: (photo found on the web): (and some of mine): I noticed this detail from the top and enquired the security guard about it, apparently the crossing leads to a concert hall. Quite clever.
  6. The Russian term Дом культуры (pronounced dom cooltory) is often translated as "Palace of Culture", even though Дом literally means "house". Both Palace and House terms were used in the Soviet Union however the House was often simply smaller, located in a lesser town or village. Palace of Culture is the Eastern European equivalent of a Community Centre and can be found in almost every city and town east from the German border. Subsidised by local councils and often the state it was a centre of the social life in the Soviet Union, with gyms, art classes, chess clubs and some compulsory propaganda thrown in since The Party membership was pretty much a requirement for the job. Дом культуры "ЭНЕРГЕТИК" (House of Culture Energetik) in Pripyat cared for the bodies and souls of the locals, offering a gym hall, boxing ring, a swimming pool, a theatre hall, a telephone exchange* and the local propaganda office. *phone lines in the Soviet states were scarce, ordinary citizens often had to wait for many years to have one installed in their house (if at all). During the most intense political turmoils all calls were monitored by the political police and any long-distance or international calls had to be booked in advance. The request would be processed at the local exchange and if approved, you'd receive a call-back with the operator manually connecting connecting you to the right number. I highly recommend watching the brilliant movie "The Lives of Others" if you're interested in this subject. Two reminders of the long gone empire stand today in the theatre hall. The Mikhail Gorbachev's portrait and the "CCCP 60" canvas installed there in 1982 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The time in the Energetik hasn't stopped in April 1986 like it has for many other public places in the Chernobyl Zone. The final major event in the Palace was the trial of the plant operators and managers. Shift engineers became the scapegoats for the poorly designed, documented and managed power plant while designers and politicians who approved a inherently flawed and potentially deadly reactor were left without any charges. Enjoy and apologies for my poor English. ENERGETIK on the right-hand side, as seen from the roof of the Hotel Polissya: The theatre hall. Pitch black with few beams of light seeping through the door and the window. I climbed rotten platform on the backstage, set my camera to 30 seconds exposure and had all 3 of us waving torches around to take this photo: Top company! The backstage with the electric curtains motors, various lights and other bits, plus some rotting costumes: And a little bonus, (probably) the most iconic landmark in Pripyat:
  7. Ladies and Gentlemen! The book of my choice, the Soviet Ghosts photo album, has arrived today, I had to pass it around at work as people wanted to see it, top photos and write-ups in it! Thank you again for choosing my photo, as a token of gratitude I'll be posting a nice report from a site in Scotland next week if my plan doesn't fail.
  8. Will do, just looking at the books and they all look amazing. I'm chuffed to bits!
  9. The competition ended on my birthday, I couldn't get a better present. Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it!
  10. Because it's dark out there!
  11. Amazing soft light and colours, love it!
  12. So that's where my remote went..
  13. What a shame, there's probably a developer already waiting for enough damage to justify demolition permit and squeezing 10 prefabricated homes on this plot.
  14. An old van I found while hiking in Scottish Cairngorms years ago. Not very exciting but some of you might enjoy rusty vehicles. :-) I regret not taking photos of other cars or entering the house, but I had a toddler with me so didn't want to spend too much time among old nails and broken glass. Resprayed in red which suggests it was a postal van.
  15. Any window shot gets a like from me! :-)