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2014-03-31
2040. In the countryside 4.



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2040. Visit to a collective farm 4.
Ukraine.

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


2014-03-29
2039. In the countryside 3.



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2039. Visit to a collective farm 3.
Ukraine.

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


2014-03-27
2038. In the countryside 2.



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2038. Visit to a collective farm 2.
Ukraine.

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


2014-03-25
2037. In the countryside 1.



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2037. Visit to a collective farm 1.
Ukraine.

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


2014-03-23
2036. In a city bus 3.



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2036. Kiev 4.
Ukraine.

On their way home after a tiring day in the fields?

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


2014-03-21
2035. In a city bus 2.



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2035. Kiev 3.
Ukraine.

Taken through glass wet with rain.

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


2014-03-19
2034. In a city bus 1.



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2034. Kiev 2.
Ukraine.

My first thought after not having seen this picture for a long time: She's got a mobile phone in her hand. But it was 1972, the Soviet Union wasn't that far ahead of the west ;-)

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


2014-03-17
2033. Park in Kiev.



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2033. Kiev 1.
Ukraine.

In many Soviet cities you could find this kind of park.

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


2014-03-15
2032. On a field trip 1.



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2032. Crimea 16.
Ukraine.

On the tank truck the word: moloko.
That's Ukranian for milk.
In Russian it's also moloko.
Russian and Ukranian are quite similar.

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


2014-03-13
2031. Boat trip on the Black Sea 2.



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2031. Crimea 15.
Ukraine.

They didn't mind at all that I was taking their picture.

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


2014-03-11
2030. Boat trip on the Black Sea 1.



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Back in the USSR.

2030. Crimea 14.
Ukraine.

The lady and the two gentlemen were slightly the worse for wear and in a very good mood.

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


2014-03-09
2029. Demonstration against USSR 4.



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2029. Sudbury 4.

The good guys against the bad guys.

Ontario, Canada, June, 1970.
Kodachrome slide.
( Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2014-03-07
2028. Demonstration against USSR 3.



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2028. Sudbury 3.

Sudbury is a mining town, it ran almost completely on INCO (International Nickle Company)
There are dozens of shafts in the neighbourhood and the deepest one was 3800 feet, well over 1 km. (1970)
There are also a number of smelters, so the air and the surrounding countryside were extremely polluted at that time.

Ontario, Canada, June, 1970.
Kodachrome slide.
( Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2014-03-05
2027. Demonstration against USSR 2.



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2027. Sudbury 2.

Under Stalin's rule millions of people starved in Ukraine and many were deported to Siberia. So it's not so strange that these people were demonstrating.

Ontario, Canada, June, 1970.
Kodachrome slide.
( Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2014-03-03
2026. Demonstration against USSR 1.



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2026. Sudbury 1.

Because of the current affairs in Ukraine some pictures of 44 years ago taken in Canada.
In 1970 I lived in Sudbury, a mining town in the north of the province of Ontario. North is as seen through the eyes of the majority of Ontarians who live in the south. North of Sudbury there is still a vast amount of Canada. Seen on a national scale it's still in the south.
In the local theatre there was a performace by the Red Army Choir, they were touring Canada.
Sudbury was the home of Balts, Poles but especially a lot of Ukranians. They had fled from the USSR in the past and didn't have very fond memories of the Red Army.
Later in the theatre I saw some demonstrators in the audience, they were listening to the performance. They could understand the language and knew some of the songs. They felt "at home" in a strange way.
Nostalgia is a weird phenomenon.

Ontario, Canada, June, 1970.
Kodachrome slide.
( Copyright: Henk Bakker)


2014-03-01
2025. The harbour at night.



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2025. Crimea 13.
Ukraine.

In Yalta the atmosphere was much more relaxed than in the rest of the USSR. Taking pictures of a harbour was no problem at all. In Novosibirsk taking a picture of an old house was enough to get me into trouble. The relaxed atmosphere of 42 years ago is at this moment far away.

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