You always imagine America and Russia are very different, but in truth there are also major similarities. After you see the next series of Russian village photos you will realize this doesn’t look that much different than American Texas, maybe the only difference is the lack of banjo as opposed to Russian balalaika. This photo story of Bruce Gilden, an American photographer, who traveled all the way to a small provincial town (even village by many standards), just few dozen km away from Yekaterinburg. The town was populated by former criminals, drug addicts and similar ~ he describes. Authorities obviously send them to such far away towns to move them away from big cities due to their criminal nature and history.
Bruce decided to assimilate among them, he did it by an obvious way, he was continually buying them vodka and food to gain their respect and willingness to take photos. Many of the guys were just released from the jail time, so they were a perfect topic for a nice photo journalism. The number of women is twice as much as men in that area. because of that, all men, including criminals are in the high demand. Nevertheless, the photographer said that he has a lot of respect for these people. “It’s tough to survive in such environment”, he says. More info: Bruce Gilden, Facebook, Instagram h/t:(designyoutrust)
“They all live in the dark decaying village communities. The basis of their life – vodka and violence “- says Bruce.