Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Estonian Ranger

 ...or just playing Cowboy Superhero? Who cares, it looks cool & steampunk anyway. Photo by Kaili, Räpina, South-Estonia, april 2014.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Through the looking glass

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

My Hole

Thousands of people, mostly in their sporting outfit, have crawled through this hole in years. Still the gate on that side is firmly locked. Sometimes the administration put barbed wire over the hole. People cut it off and keep on crawling. It's OK, as it's also a kind of sport to get to the stadium.

I never us the main gate on the other side of the stadium.

Photos by Vahur Afanasjev, 24 April, Tallinn

Guts of a Cute Wooden House

A cute wooden house is being renovated in Tallinn Magasini street. It's a typical Estonian 19th and beginning of 20th century city/town dwelling. WWII destroyed thousands of those but there are still large areas intact.

You see that time has taken its share of the wood, insects have eaten their ways into logs, but this can be overcome just shaving off damaged parts. Usually the building as a whole can be saved, if the roof has not been leaking too much.

I also want around the back, to take pics of the garden. It appears the veranda and back side are already in good shape.

Photos by Vahur Afanasjev 24 April 2014 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

Private Concert

Ready... and rocking. Photo by Vahur Afanasjev from a private and unsactioned concert by the Revolver band. 19 April 2014 Tartu

The Scream

The Scream. Phot by Vahur Afanasjev, 19 April 2014

Meeting Calamary

Kitty meeting calamary. Photo by Mare Sabolotny, Kirepi village 18 April 2014

Ikarus Bus

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Double-decker Woodshed 2

Another double-decker woodshed in Tartu (Jaama street). Photo by Vahur Afanasjev, 14 April 2014.
Another post on the some topic.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Lodi is a type of sailing barge used a lot on the Mother River (Emajõgi), Lake Peipsi (all the way to Pskov and Novgorod in Russia) and other Estonian waters. Lodi (plural: lodjad) has been documented in Hanseatic Tartu town and Emajõgi since 14th century.
See some old footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e-tzBV-oD8
Soviet occupation put a full stop to many fields of economic and human activity, so last lodi was seen in 1950ies... Until around 2004-2005 a group of activists built a brand new lodi. Nowadays it's used for tourism and nature sighting, not for transportation of goods, but still the ancient ship building tradition is kept alive. Currently the Lodjakoda activists are building a larger two-mast lodi in Tartu.
Photo by Vahur Afanasjev 30 March 2014
There used to be a huge beautiful bathing house (the wooden structure was heavily damaged in WWII and the later rebuild was destroyed in 1970ies) on the river by the the Lodjakoda site.
Even though we love CCR, their song "Lodi" talks about a city in the United States of America.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fishing 2

Just another fishing day by the Mother River (Emajõgi). Quick snaps on my way to Tartu bus station, 1 April 2014. Vahur Afanasjev

Macho Hat

Special Estonian macho hat. April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Fishing is rapidly getting hip! Forget about planking, selfies and digital shit and grab a fishing rod!

Photos by Vahur Afanasjev, 30 March 2014 in Tartu by the river Emajõgi. Oh and btw there's a pile of snow across the river - will take a month to melt it.