DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
Anton Polyakov’s Transnistria.WILD
After the break up of the Soviet Union, Moldova became an independent state. A small part of that state, Transnistria, was still dominantly Russian and held pro-Russian sentiment. Eventually, Transnistria wanted to break away from Moldova. In 1922, Moldova tried to take over Transnistria, which lead to military conflict between the two states. In peacemaking efforts, Russia brought in their troops to put an end to the conflict.
Now, Transnistria is a presidential republic that is legally a part of Moldova but is not recognized by the rest of the world. It has its own legislative authority, border, constitution, flag, anthem, currency and army. In the last 27 years this republic has given birth to many new generations who live in a frozen state, and they have created their own culture and way of living.
Anton Polyakov is a freelance photographer who was born in Transnistria and has documented the growth, lifestyle and m...
Palm Springs Modernist Celebrities Haven.DESIGNED
Palm Springs is nestled in the Coachella Valley, between the rocky mountain ranges of Southern California. The desert town became a fashionable destination in the 20th century due its dry climate and natural hot springs, which were said to have healing properties. In the 1950s and 1960s, Palm Springs developed into the go-to city for Hollywood stars to buy property. Conveniently located two hours away from the major film studios in Los Angeles, the town quickly blossomed into a valley studded with fantastic modernist buildings, homes for the rich and famous.
Masters of architecture had generous budgets to work with and few building restrictions. The need to find a style that moved away from neoclassical and war-time architecture was real, the post-war generation felt different and wanted to live in houses that embodied their new, open outlook to the world. This created the perfect climate for a creative swell in the area that l...
Shamans & WrestlersMYSTICAL
Photographer Ken Hermann is an artist with discovery in mind. His art delivers passionate stories about individuals, communities and countries and explores the balance between tradition and modern life. In two of his stories, ’Shaman’ and ‘Bökh’, Ken traveled to Mongolia and explored the traditions of the spiritualist and warrior with his two short documentaries and photo series. Each series feels like a personal invitation to a respected world that many have not ventured.
The film and photo series ‘Bökh’ shows the dedication to the historical honour of the wrestler. When a boy is born in inner Mongolia, his family prays for him to become a wrestler. The tradition dates back to the the Genghis Khan’s reign when he used to keep his warriors ready for battle at all times. The Bökh of past and present follows Khan’s comparison of wresting to war. His famous words explain that the warriors must face enemies who are more powerful t...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.