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2012-04-30
1717. Apartment block.



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1717. Novosibirsk 17.
A very common colour in the USSR.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-28
1716. Man on bench in park.



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1716. Novosibirsk 16.
Time for reflection.
People smoked a lot.
The penetrating smell of the soviet cigarette is something I will never forget.
Drinking was also a hobby.
We rode on our coach through a small village.
It was late afternooon and there were a lot of drunk men in the street.
I asked our guide if there were problems with alcoholics.
The answer: "They are not alcoholics, they only drink a lot"

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-26
1715. Boy playing soccer.



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1715. Novosibirsk 15.
Soccer in the streets or parks was very popular.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-24
1714. Wooden house.



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1714. Novosibirsk 14.
When taking this picture an old woman tapped me on the shoulder. She pointed at the ugly sovjet tenement blocks at the other side of the street. Thát's what I should take a picture of, thát was progress. I just pretended I took a picture of that too.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-22
1713. Customers at a kiosk 2.



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1713. Novosibirsk 13.
Our trip went as follows:
Toronto- Montreal- Copenhagen- Moscow- Novosibirsk (Siberia)- Akademgorodok (Siberia)– Tashkent (Uzbekistan)- Samarkand (Uzbekistan)- Bakoe (Azerbeidsjan)- Yalta (Crimea)- Kiev (Ukraine)- Leningrad- Petrozavodsk (Karelia)- Kishi (Karelia)- Moskou- Rostov- Yaroslavl- Toronto.
(Also see the text with picture 1701 in Archives March 2012)

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-20
1712. People in the street.



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1712. Novosibirsk 12.
It was already June but in Siberia I still got a feeling of spring. That was also the case for the Russians who walked in great numbers in the streets and the parks.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-18
1711. People at bus stop.



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1711. Novosibirsk 11.
I took this picture because I was intrigued by the man with his hand on his chin. It wasn't until I got the developed slides back that I noticed the other man in the background doing the same.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-16
1710. Woman in the park 2.



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1710. Novosibirsk 10.
Colleague of the previous woman.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-14
1709. Woman in the park 1.



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1709. Novosibirsk 9.
This woman was working in the park.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)

The Dutch artist Hanneke Nobel:
“It’s not my aspiration to give a true-to-nature rendition of either still life or landscape.
I try to capture the essence of the subject without wanting to go as far as being abstract”
http://www.hannekenobel.nl


2012-04-12
1708. Red Army soldiers.



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1708. Novosibirsk 8.
Before the trip we were warned to be careful taking pictures of soldiers.
These two didn't have any problems with it.
Later I traded a shirt for an army belt.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-10
1707. Close-up boy.



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1707. Novosibirsk 7.
I was very surprised how easy it was to get people to pose for a picture.
Even when I didn't ask and they found out, it was usually not a problem.
Photography was quite popular in the USSR.
They were often very interested in my Nikon.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-08
1706. Customers at a kiosk 1.



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1706. Novosibirsk 6.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-06
1705. Close-up boy with bicycle.



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1705. Novosibirsk 5.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-04
1704. Boy with bicycle.



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1704. Novosibirsk 4.
For want of saddle and chain he used his bicycle as a scooter.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2012-04-02
1703. Woman takes a nap.



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1703. Novosibirsk 3.
Worker in the park.
The city lies about 2800 km east of Moscow.
It's the third city of the country.

USSR, Summer, 1972.
Kodachrome slide.
(© Copyright: Henk Bakker)