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Rebecca Bathory: Soviet Ghosts

Soviet Ghosts is a new book featuring a unique set of photographs by Rebecca Bathory. On a journey funded by Lowepro, Rebecca captured many abandoned locations, which were either part of the Soviet Union or its satellite states.  ‘I refrain from having personal opinions about the era and try to remain relatively neutral.’ Rebecca added: ‘Whilst the period had bad times, the people living in the communities still got on with life and also had good times, it was not a period of pure black and white and so my aim of the book was to just capture it as it is now. Some places would have been thriving and others horrible places to be and you can see this reflected in my book and some of the accompanying text.’ Priced at £19.95 the book is available via Rebecca’s website.

Website: Rebecca Bathory

Lowepro Press Release

Loweprofessional Photographer, captures the beauty of Urban Decay, in debut book, Soviet Ghosts

Sponsored by Lowepro

Thursday 14 August 2014 - Only the most intrepid urban explorers cross the tattered ruins of the old Iron Curtain, enduring the excessive bureaucracy, military paranoia and freezing winds of the East to hunt for the ghosts of an empire.

Loweprofessional, Rebecca Bathory, is one photographer who couldn’t resist the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union, and Lowepro helped fund the first trip in a series which allowed her to explore this desolate region.

Using a Lowepro Rover Pro backpack (see Rebecca’s blog for more info – web link below) to carry and protect her camera equipment, Rebecca captured many abandoned locations, which were either part of the Soviet Union or occupied satellite states during this period of history. These included forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theatres, military complexes, asylums and death camps across the former communist states.

This unique collection of images features a compelling narrative of both moral bankruptcy and flawed ideology. Featuring stunning and intriguing imagery throughout, this road-trip through the old USSR, breathes new life into these forgotten places, finding both beauty and meaning in their post-apocalyptic decay.

By virtue of its holistic approach, ‘Soviet Ghosts’ also explores how and why these once thriving communities became abandoned, whether by natural disaster, man-made catastrophe or simply through the march of time.

Rebecca said: ‘I refrain from having personal opinions about the era and try to remain relatively neutral.’ Rebecca added: ‘Whilst the period had bad times, the people living in the communities still got on with life and also had good times, it was not a period of pure black and white and so my aim of the book was to just capture it as it is now. Some places would have been thriving and others horrible places to be and you can see this reflected in my book and some of the accompanying text. But that is life, time moves on and things like this disappear. Some people may see the ruins of this time as destructive, but I see the beauty in the decay, like a memory hanging on that will soon be lost in a breeze, a museum that no one gets to see.’

Priced at £19.95 the book is available via Rebecca’s website, or on Amazon: http://www.rebeccabathory.com/sovietghosts

Website www.rebeccabathory.com

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Book: http://carpetbombingculture.co.uk/shop/soviet-ghosts/

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Reader Comments

  1. Abandoned "death camps"?


    Well there are abandoned Nazi death camps in Poland, but what that has to do with the Soviet Union falling apart isn't clear.

    Now of course the Soviets did have big prisons camps, but that's a bit different, and covered by the term "prisons" already.

    Yaj at 12:14pm on Friday, August 15, 2014

  2. Interesting to see how the trend has moved from abandoned mental hospitals to abandoned communist era monumentalism. Still beautiful though.

    gordon at 11:51pm on Friday, August 15, 2014

  3. Yeah, "death camps" attracted my attention. Not only because USSR never had those, but mostly because most of Gulag camps weren't camps per se - just temporary locations at construction sites. Whatever this Lowepro advertiser means...

    BlackBox at 09:57am on Thursday, August 21, 2014

  4. I read her facebook page. She has good imagination but is not a good liar. Her account of being captured by the Russian military while photographing "top secret radar" downtown Moscow is, at best, hard to believe... I'm trying my absolute best not to use letters B and S.

    I suppose she truly believes "no Europe explorers come here" and she can say whatever she wants. I'm very disappointed her book was published and that Lowepro is supporting this silly scaremonger. I had some genuine respect for the company. Not any more.

    BlackBox at 10:19am on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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