Monday, June 30, 2014
Non existent T-shirts of Estonian punk bands (of Soviet era). Voronja Galerii (https://et-ee.facebook.com/voronjagalerii) in an Old Believer village by Lake Peipus (Peipsi). Photos by Vahur, 27 June 2014
Poet Marko Mägi performing with Chungin and Kiwa. Opening of Voronja Galerii (https://et-ee.facebook.com/voronjagalerii) in an Old Believer village by Lake Peipus (Peipsi). Photos by Vahur, 27 June 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
In South Estonia, people like it big. For example, we build huge nail files that foreigners mistake for houses.
Photo by Vahur 12 June 2014, in the back of the Writers' House in Tartu
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Estonia is practically an island - Baltic sea in North and West, Lake Peipsi in East. During Soviet occupation the sea was inaccessible to most of people. You had to get a permit to go to island Saaremaa or Hiiumaa, and even there it wasn't about yachting or boating a bit - only fishing boats allowed, boarder guards everywhere. (Don't ever bullshit me about equal and happy life in Soviet Union, I get agitated...).
Ok, after 1991 the sea is for people again. Thanks to European Union you can head out from Tallinn in your yacht and sail to Sweden and back, without any paperwork. By the way, Estonia still is pretty uptight with boating, too much paperwork, regular inspections etc on larger boats and yachts, so many Estonians register their vessel in Sweden, Denmark or Malta.
And finally, to come to what I really wanted to speak about: what is more beautiful than a yacht? It's a wooden yacht. Toomas bought this supreme vessel last year, has been repairing it with care. Now is only needs a new engine for manoeuvring in harbour. Made in Sweden in 1964. Enjoy and envy!
Photos by Vahur, 25 May 2014 Tallinn Lennusadam (old Seaplane Harbour).
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Punk and beer, it's like surf music and joints or transce and eeez. Punk legend, a hero of many generations - Villu Tamme! Photo by Vahur 3 May 2014, biker's thing just behing the 16 kannu pub in Tartu Tammelinn.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Photo by Vahur, April 2014, Tallinn, Toonela tee.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Genetically speaking Estonian double helixes have a nice pinch of Asian to them. Many Estonians observe our planet and its inhabitants through camera lens. Looking through the camera is also considered more polite and distanced way, especially when it comes down to asses, girls or both. Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Deleuze and other froggymen probably would have on say on that...
Photos by Vahur Afanasjev 19 April 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
I never us the main gate on the other side of the stadium.
Photos by Vahur Afanasjev, 24 April, Tallinn
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Empty space in city. Room to breathe. I wonder what will they build here. And when. And if.
Photo by Vahur, April 2014 Tallinn (direction Toonela tee to Võistluse street).
Monday, April 21, 2014
Established in 1895 in Budapest, Hungary, the Ikarus bus company has produced many great public transportation vehicles. Saying many I mean several millions, as Ikarus busses ran everywhere in Soviet Union and Warsaw Block countries, including Soviet Estonia.
Without any "ostalgie", I admit that for me the yellow city Ikarus city busses still seem to be more comfortable than the modern Scanias and whatever is used in Europe. Especially when the bus is crowded, you can reach a handle to grab when standing up. And an old Ikarus has one level floor, the modern city busses tend to be higher in the back and have uncomfortable steps to climb.
Well, I haven't seen a live Ikarus city bus for year but a few days ago I spotted a fully restored Ikarus inter-city by the Tallinn bus station. Good people of Estonian Bus History Society have done a great job restoring it. Beautiful!
By the way, who ever did design yet another anachy symbol inspired Soviet period logo? I mean the Tallinn AP (Autobussipark).
Photos by Vahur Afanasjev, April 2014, Tallinn