darksilenceinsuburbia:

Annika Haas

Plane Watchers

This photographic project, Plane Watchers, follows the lives of a group of people who have, after the collapse of the USSR, kept living in Estonia in accordance to the old ways. I call them the plane watchers, because their Soviet-era shanty-town is located right next to the Lennart Meri airport in Tallinn, and the air above it is constantly abuzz with landing and launching airplanes.

About 40 years ago the workers of former military factory Dvigatel were given plots of land for growing vegetables. This arrangement was intended only for temporary use but also for an unspecified period. That was the beginning of a weird cabin colony, where the local people spent decades cultivating their vegetable plots and erecting new additions to already numerous hovels.

From early spring to late autumn this is a place for sweet idyllic village life, only a short distance from the bustling and noisy city – true Soviet people keep busy weeding and watering, the sounds of Garmoshka fill the air in the evenings, and children run around barefoot. Come winter, the residents of dacha-district more or less hibernate and wait again for spring.

The collapse of the Soviet empire brought about certain changes even in the life of the Soodevahe shanty town. Capitalist rule deepened social stratification. The younger generation was no longer interested in idyllic country life. The shanty town became the “property” of old-age pensioners. 

Soon after the younger generation moved away, different types of residents moved in. Almost overnight the area became exposed to the poor and the homeless, classes of people who were not supposed to exist under the fertile conditions of the Soviet rule. Such people found refuge in the cabins near the airfield. However, their attitude distinguished them clearly from the permanent habitants. They would occupy an empty shack and after the place was completely ravaged or even burnt down they moved to another abandoned dacha.

Although Tallinn Airport became the new owner of the land of the former collective farm, it took years to figure out what to do about this weird urban region. The first impressions of those arriving to Estonia by plane were rather creepy and made them feel insecure.

Today the decision sealing the fate of this area has finally been made. Demolition of dachas and improvement of the aerial perspective or “visual calling card” puts an end to this stuck-in-time district raised decades ago. The spring of 2014 will be the last one for Soodevahe shanty town…

New life is a possibility only for the newer generations. Destroying allotments rearranges peoples’ lives. People can’t be forced into learning to live in a new way. Land left empty and houses falling apart reflect the feelings of Russians living in Estonia: you’re at home, yet you’re homeless, your system is not part of the general system.

My aim is to show the last phase of vanishing and disappearing community who has lost sympathy and compassion from the younger generations due to the reason that the time is just going on. With these portraits,  I hope to to save the memory of these simple and common people who continued their trust in a non-existing power.

— Annika Haas

victoriousvocabulary:

FLORIFEROUS

[adjective]

1. bearing flowers.

2. bearing or capable of bearing many flowers.

Etymology: Latin flōrifer, from flōs, “flower” + ferre, “to bear”.

[flowwwer]

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?"
Franz Kafka, from a letter to Oskar Pollak (January 27, 1904)

This is the caterpillar of the Pink Underwing Moth and is commonly referred to as the Skull Caterpillar. It is found in certain regions of Australia and is listed as endangered. As an adult moth, it will have a wingspan up to 170 mm.

retrogasm:

Oh yeah!  One has never really lived until they have ridden in a station wagon…

retrogasm:

Oh yeah!  One has never really lived until they have ridden in a station wagon…

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Tatiana Ilina Tatiana

From Transvestites

These people are everywhere. It is much more of them than we think. They try not to stand out from the crowd, living a double life, hiding, and hiding.
What is it for them - the tragedy of which they are silent?
Is it the pain caused by the dissonance between what they see themselves and what they really are?
Perhaps a passionate desire for something forbidden, concealed, that makes them feel different, to change everything at least for a few hours.
The other world and this world will never meet?
All these questions are not left me since, as I allowed myself to look at them closer.
I have learned a lot - have their faces that read all of these questions, mixed with doubts, fears, unrestrainable emotions, and some protest.
It was the protest against nature, against himself, against the silence.
This protest, enclosed deep within, was expanding and it was ready to absorb everything. 

Andrew

Andrew is married, despite the fact that men and intimacy with them has always attracted him more than women. His wife does not share his enthusiasm, and he hides it from her. Andrew is going through, that he can’t find a partner or several partners, who would understand his passion and still treat it seriously. He is looking for real feelings.

Valeria

Valeria lives with his girlfriend, with whom they soon plan to get married. The girl understands and shares the passion of her friend, helping him to do the unusual make-up and match outfits. She believes that men should be allowed to play in something, otherwise they go off to other women.

Vera

Vera from childhood feels himself like a woman. His first experience was at age 6 in kindergarten. His friend offered to make him a blowjob, what Vera gladly accepted. Now he lives with a woman friend, who works as a prostitute, and with her little son. Vera plans soon to find a boyfriend to move in with him and build a family with him.

Dasha

Dasha likes women, he is interested in art and lives a creative life. Changing to a woman is his secret passion, his photos as a woman he places on the Internet, and there meet women who are tired of the dull family life and looking for a variety of man like him.

Gioconda

Gioconda arrived from Ulan-Ude and literally conquered the world with his incredible ability to create unusual women’s clothing, and due to a good voice. He makes creative videos and playing in clubs with his own programs. Gioconda is anxious that in small towns people with a non-standard orientation are marginalized and can realize themselves only moving to megacities.

Kate

He lives with his mother and worries due to the fact that he could not find a girl who would perceive him not as a man, but as the same girl. For the first time he felt a desire to become a woman when his mother, and her friend dressed him in women’s clothes to get into the restaurant, where the entrance is only for women. After that, reincarnation became his main passion.

Xenia

Xenia takes hormones, but does not want to do surgery yet, as he is interested in diverse sexual life. He is looking for partners for both men and women, arranges group meetings in his home and believes that in the sexual sphere itself can’t be anything to restrict. 

vicemag:

Death in a Can: Australia’s Euthanasia Loophole
Max Dog Brewing sells canisters of nitrogen for carbonating beer, or killing yourself, depending on who you ask.
 

We asked the man behind the company and euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke, who in 1996 became the world’s first physician to administer a legal, lethal injection in Northern Australia. The Australian government later quashed the North’s euthanasia law, so Philip set up an organization called Exit International to help advise over-fifties on taking matters into their own hands. Since then he’s pioneered several suicide devices, written three books, and formed a political party, all in the pursuit of legalized euthanasia.

Watch the video

vicemag:

Death in a Can: Australia’s Euthanasia Loophole

Max Dog Brewing sells canisters of nitrogen for carbonating beer, or killing yourself, depending on who you ask.
 
We asked the man behind the company and euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke, who in 1996 became the world’s first physician to administer a legal, lethal injection in Northern Australia. The Australian government later quashed the North’s euthanasia law, so Philip set up an organization called Exit International to help advise over-fifties on taking matters into their own hands. Since then he’s pioneered several suicide devices, written three books, and formed a political party, all in the pursuit of legalized euthanasia.

fer1972:

Scrap Metal Sculptures by John Lopez

in-the-horniman:

A scarificator from England, made of brass and steel. It is triggered by a trigger which releases twelve blades. We think this one is probably pre-1820s.