Lviv, Ukraine, 2013.
After the Russian annexation of Crimea and incursion into east Ukraine, the Ukrainian flag has been far more prominent. Benches, walls, doors, and more or less any other paintable surface now feature the country's yellow and blue colours, commonly seen to represent the wheat fields and sky of the Ukrainian countryside.
Dennis Hopper at his photo exhibition in the Manezh centre, Moscow, 2007.
Tour group fun, Prague, Czech Republic, 2006.
In the town of Skole in the Ukrainian Carpathians, 2014.
Berat, Albania, 2013.
From the article:
London-based photographer Christopher Leigh started photographing Russian and Ukrainian cemeteries in 2007. At first his obsession was purely visual. "I was first struck by the visual nature of the memorials: the rather sad portraits that feature on many of them; the mixture of Soviet and religious motifs; the monumentality of the granite and marble used to sculpt the graves," explains Leigh. But as he kept exploring the cemetery grounds he realised that he was capturing a blueprint of values in a rapidly changing society, a strange mixture of traces from private and public lives: Orthodox crosses sit next to communist stars, military regalia and personal photos. "I particularly like the military man in Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery who has a battery of Katyusha rockets mounted above him. The memorial to Boris Yeltsin — a giant ruffled Russian flag of stone and mosaic tiles — is also a favourite." Leigh's photos are full of hidden references, from religious iconography to 20th-century official portraiture, but on a deeper level they always evoke a sense of perfect stillness. "In cities like Moscow, cemeteries are one of the few places you can go for peace and quiet," says Leigh. "I think I will always be drawn back for that reason."
This image, of a street band performing on Kiev's Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) was published in the August 2014 edition of Panorama, the magazine of Ukraine International Airlines.
View the image on page 64, here:
Shawls for sale, 2014.
Arcadia, Odessa, Ukraine, 2013.
Big skies in Albania.
April 2014. Some of the political cartoons on display in Kiev, Ukraine, following the toppling of the Yanukovych regime.
Izmail, Ukraine, 2014.