Here we will feature some of the singular images that capture the spirit of the project.
One of our cultural experts, Audronė Pečiulytė, finally gets a chance to try out the costumes in one of the museums in Kaliningrad. Normally, Rimantas gets to do the dressing up.
It was inevitable a selfie stick would turn up at some point in the journey. Agote takes a picture of some of the group on a visit to the Kėdainiai Alps, at Lifosa Chemical Factory. For the flu story, see the posting for Thursday June 18th, 2015 in the news section…
Valeria (above) at the Curonian Spit, a World Heritage Site, the long narrow sand dune which stretches nearly 100 clicks from Klaipeda in Lithuania in the north into the Kaliningrad enclave. Photo by Valeria Bartfeld.
The Evangelical Reformed Church and the Radziwiłł Mausoleum . The colour image shows at the view from the steps of the mausoleum and the interior of the church today. The black and white image below shows a basketball match in the church circa 1983. During the Soviet time the church was sometimes abandoned, used as a storehouse a warehouse, then used as a Children’s Sports School for 20 years.
The Old Manor House at Sirutiškis, on the right shore of Nevėžis river. Our trip along the Issa Valley ended as night fell. We had one last stop, to explore this ruined building, walking through the parkland, with its lush overgrown gardens and avenue of trees.
This photo was taken by Valerie Bartfeld, who commented: Кто еще может с такой радостью выходить из склепа, прогуливаться вдоль кладбища и залезать в чужие, старые, разваливающиеся дома с привидениями? This huge building certainly did have the feel of a haunted house – a melancholic edge, the air damp, a place of bats and rodents, finely painted walls peeling and fading.
These ancient estates traditionally had a manor house, with “servant quarters, icehouses, conservatories, cowsheds, stables, warehouses, cotter houses, mills, parks, ponds, distilleries.” Under the Soviet rule after the conclusion of the Second World War, the manor houses were often converted to an administrative block for the collective farm – kolkhoz. Often they fell into a state of disrepair. Other buildings on the former estate were used as warehouses for keep tractors and equipment. After Lithunian Independence, the kolkhoz farms were split up, manors were divided up and distributed to former kolkhoz workers. The first independent government decreed that these old manors should divided into 3-hectare estates. Critics suggest that the rush to privatise these estates has contributed to the current state of affairs, where many of the larger buildings, such as this, remained unoccupied and have fallen into a ruinous state.
This photo of Marta Ołów was taken by Krzysiek Kozłowski. The beginning of the day, as we began our exploration of the Issa Valley, the early morning light providing a soft illumination. Outside, the fields and barns lay as if it is 100 years ago, the land as flat as the eye can see.
This photo was taken one morning by Valerie Bartfeld (Kaliningrad), who was participating in the photography workshop. Some of the participants were making painting and drawings by the lakeside – for Mirka’s Form and Colour workshop – and including their footprints…
And here’s a selection of images made during the photography workshop in Krsnogruda – portraits of the participants by the participants.