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Odessa by Vsevolod Vlasenko


Introduction This is a story about silent ruins of magnificent houses, calm and timeless old yards, where you don’t feel the pressure of modern life, where time stops. Unfortunately those places are like snow in spring, melting from the heat of progress. Odessa was a pearl in Russian Empire before revolution, a city, where cultures and religions collided in a mixture most peculiar. The World War II and communist regime both did not destroy it’s unique soul. But after the crash of Soviet Union many beautiful old villas were abandoned. Now empty, they stand silent, picturing both human ability to create beautiful things, and the sheer helplessness in the face of time and changes. The photographs merely humbly depict these shards of former splendour. With my lens i try to secure these sacred places, which are doomed to become dust quite soon.

Edition number 1, / june 2013 Fonts by Letterhead studio. | letterhead.ru Photo by Vsevolod Vlasenko | vsevolodvlasenko.com


st. Kniajeskaia, 2011


st. Marazli, 2006


Old garden, French boulevard, 2009


Sanatorium Arcadia on French boulevard, 2013


Abandoned Freemasons house, 2009


Abandoned old villa, French boulevard, 2009


Ruins of the old hotel, 2011


old villa and soviet sculpture, 2013


Old villa of count Marazli, 2007


Old Botanical garden, 2013


Broken soviet lamp on the villas balcony, 2010

Inside abandoned villa, French boulevard, 2010


Old Synagogue, 2012


Winter in the old yard, 2011


Wooden gates, 2011


House on st. Kniajeskaia, 2011


Strange stairs, 2011


“Novi bazaar� old market in the evening, 2011


Big soviet painting “Novi bazaar”, 2011


Stairway to the bridge, 2011


Old fountain near villa on French boulevard, 2010


People still live in this house, 2012


Under the bridge, 2012


Evening, 2012


Doors and cat, 2012


Old gates on st.Kyzneshnaia, 2011

Old backyard, 2011


Stranger, 2011


flea market “Starokonni market”, 2012


Bulevar in fog, 2010


Beautiful old yard on st. Polska, 2007


Old house, 2007


Backyard, 2010

Typical backyard in Odessa, 2012


Door, 2011


inside the Synagogue, 2012


Typical backyard, 2012


Famous old sauna 1861, 2013


Like hundred years ago, 2012


Young odessit, 2011


Window, 2007


In the house on st. Marazli, 2010


Light window, 2011


In the tower of the old villa, 2010


Abandoned villa in winter, 2010


Old yard with linen drying, 2007


Linen drying, 2012


Backyard, 2011


Flea market “Starokonni market”, 2012


Summer time in the old yard, 2013


Stairs in the back yard, 2013


Linen drying, 2013


Old gates, 2013


Entrance, 2011


Boy, 2011


Window, 2007


House on st. Spiridonovskaia, 2011


Old brothel in Moldovanka, 2007


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