I became the layering queen, taking up a style of fashion I liked to call “hobo chic”. In other words, it was a collection of mismatched odds and ends that kept my bones from freezing. I often looked like this:
When I was all bundled up, I popped my earbuds in and spent the next 45 minutes or so wandering around the frozen sidewalks, trying not to break my shit on a patch of ice as I blasted Metric from my blackberry. Life moved differently to music. Even though I may have been plotting my exit from this winter Hell, I actually enjoyed my 45 minutes a day in my own personal world.
Iconic Architecture & Automobiles
I am quite happy now that I forced myself to take the big camera out for one of my daily walks because I really think I captured a bit of the vibe that goes with living in a former Soviet country. Stark landscapes, frozen pathways and giant blocks for architecture may not be “sexy” as my pal Ross once called it, but the scenery really grew on me during my 2008 to early 2009 travels.
Lovers of Winter
We always talked about the weather in my English lessons because it is an easy subject that most anyone can comment on. Those crazy Ukrainians always amazed me with their positive outlook, even in the dead cold. Some of them were just plain excited to be able to go out in the snow to play!
Graffiti in Contrast
When life felt so gray and bleak (no sunshine and snow near gray cement buildings), graffiti took on a new light for me. The bright colors were always in such contrast to the surroundings that I felt like I HAD to photograph it.
This was a bit of my life that I often say now was bittersweet. I hate winter, but then again, the moments above could only be truly appreciated having it been during that time.