Southern Kyrgyzstan

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29th, 2010 by Ikuru – 2 Comments

About 2000 people were thought to be killed in the recent clashes in the southern Kyrgyzstan. A number of people, especially ethnic Uzbeks lost houses due to arsons and looting, and hundreds, or thousands, of IDPs still don’t know where to move. Worked with Save the Children in Southern Kyrgyzstan. I’ve been based in Bishkek in the past month and will be here for a while.

Samara, ru

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29th, 2010 by Ikuru – 7 Comments

Trying to catch up with many things… I was in Samara, Russia for a photo project called disorientation. Basically, the idea is throwing 5 foreign photographers into a middle-sized Russian city and letting them photograph whatever while any research on the city is banned. We just had to wander around with a map of “other” city… Nonetheless, Samara turned out to be one of my most favorite cities in the world.

Joining Gruppe 28

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28th, 2010 by Ikuru – 3 Comments

It’s been almost three years since I left school, and I’m finally joining a relatively new German agency called Gruppe 28. www.gruppe28.com/
I’ve been rescanning and retoning photos to submit pictures for the whole week. I will post some new pictures soon….
Also, I will be in Japan in April for some business. Long time no home.

Passing on Message to People currently near Moscow…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5th, 2010 by Ikuru – 5 Comments

I was asked to pass а message on some photo event in Moscow on March 6th to 7th. There is gonna be a photo exhibition and lectures by professionals. Here is the link:


If anyone happens to read this and be near Moscow, that would be a cool event to attend, and I wish I could go…

6-7 марта в Москве будут лекции фотографов и продюсеров мультимедиа. Вот ссылка на информацию о событии:


Armenian Earthquake after two decades

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13th, 2010 by Ikuru – 11 Comments

I shot the aftermath of Armenian earthquakes, which happened in Feb. 1988, when I was in Armenia in December. Even two decades later, the earthquake still affects people in the Northern Armenia. Vanadzor, one of the cities hit hard by the earthquake, still has housing shortage problems, and a number of people live in small houses domiks, which were built after the earthquake to shelter people with low income. The mix of the Soviet collapse, Karabakh war and subsequent economic turndown prevented the city from recovering. As a result, hundreds of people still live in those domiks.
It seems that the city is a sad example how natural disasters could cause damages to people and local economy in the long term…

Krishenie 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31st, 2010 by Ikuru – 5 Comments

Second time photographing Krishenie, the orthodox tradition that takes place on Jan. 19. I was in Kiev this time.

Blue Mood – Five Years after Revolution (Work in Progress)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22nd, 2010 by Ikuru – 5 Comments

Five years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine has been struggling economically and politically. As a result, indifference and hopelessness are rampant among the voters. The incumbent, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko has already lost in the first round. Yushchenko’s former rival and pro-Rusian Viktor Yanukovych, whose victory in the 2004′s election was claimed fraud and annulled by the Supreme Court, advanced the second round along with Yushchenko’s former ally and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who played unpopular political battles with Yushchenko. The second round is expected to be held on February 7, 2010.

Independence Square in Kiev were crowded with thousands of Orange Revolution supporters in the last election. But, the authority banned political activities there during the election time, and the square was left empty on the day before the first round of the election.

Yulia Timoshenko’s campaign ad in a metro station in Kiev.

Viktor Yanukovych and Party of Region’s supporters gather in St. Sophia Square in Kiev. Yanukovych, during the Orange Revolution, is now leading the poll for the presidential election.

Old man swims on a cross-shaped pond made for the Orthodox Epiphany’s ritual. Many Kiev residents celebrated the holiday, and little political activities were hardly seen.

President Yushchenko lost in the first poll, finishing in the fifth.

St. Sophia Church.

Old woman walks on the street in Kiev.

Metro escalator where a number of campaign ads were hung. But, two days before the first round, all the ads were removed because of the campaign laws.

Railway station in Kiev.

Curtain of the voting booth in Dnepropetrovsk where Yulia Tymoshenko voted for the first round of the elections. She is also from Dnepropetrovsk.

Ballot box.

Tymoshenko surrounded by a number of reporters.

Tymoshenko gets out of the voting

Viktor Yanukovych.

Viktor Yanukovych’s supporters gather in downtown Kiev a day after the first round of the elections.

Again Maidan.

“Place for ads” after the campaign ads were removed.

Merry Christmas From Kiev!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15th, 2010 by Ikuru – 1 Comment

I just moved to Kiev. Since I moved to Ukraine, I didn’t feel like there is Christmas, though a lot of Christmas trees and decoration around, because Christmas here is on the 7th of January for the orthodox and kinda gets mixed with the new year celebration, I was almost frozen and sleeping home around Christmas last year. This year I was moving from Simferopol to Kiev on the 7th. A few days later, I saw Santa Clauses still roaming around in the center of Kiev until today or so to sell pictures with them… Finally, I felt like Christmas that day.

Armenia – Nagorno-Karabakh 2

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3rd, 2010 by Ikuru – 3 Comments

Carrying Scars

I visited Armenia (and Nagorno-Karabakh) twice last year. I liked people and the place. They are known as very friendly and hospitable people, which are very true.
Over there, I mostly photographed some issues in the country. Despite the recent development, the country is still carrying the scars from the past since the independence– the Nagorno-Karabakh War with Azerbaijan, the Armenian genocide by Turkey in the early 20’s and the deadly earthquakes. The country has great resources for tourism, as it has thousands years of history, beautiful mountains and interesting culture. And, the opening of the border with Turkey is expected to bring economical development to the country. However, Azerbaijan’s opposition to the opening of the border has been hindering the border opening.
The two visits were not enough to cover the whole thing, but here is some edit.

Children pose for the picture in the meeting place built in the Soviet era in Kert, Nagorno-Karabakh. The village also suffered casualties during the war.

A village Margara is located by the closed Turkey-Armenian border.The weapon was installed during the Soviet era to watch the border with the west.

The skating rink located in the downtown area of the Armenian capital Yerevan.

The largest graveyard for the victim of the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

The street of the country’s third largest town Vanadzor (Kirovakan). The city received serious damage from the Spitak earthquake in 1988.

Resident of a domik (small trailer houses) gets water in Vanadzor. Domiks were built after the earthquake destroyed a number of houses in 1988, and many poor families ended up living in the domiks for many years.

Armine Ateyan, 18, is disabled and has epilepsia and has been living with her parents and brother in the domik. Her parents were also unemployed, and they live on a small amount of allowance from the government.

The entrance of Copper smelting factory in Alaverdi, Armenia. The factory has been suspected of causing some health issues among the residents while the factory has been the main work place for the residents.

Resident of Alaverdi. She has worked at the factory for a few decades. She lost a job and now suffers lung problems while she raises a daughter.

Children pose for a picture before the service at the old monastery in Haghpat, a village near Alaverdi. The monastery founded in the 10th century is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list and attracts many tourists.

Statue of face of a man’s face was installed by a local artist in Alaverdi.

The road to the Turkish border in the southwest of Yerevan. The possible opening of the border is expected to bring economic development in the region.

Holga Ukraine in Progress

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30th, 2009 by Ikuru – 1 Comment

I’ve been shooting with Holga often and on. I will shoot more with it next year. The second winter in Ukraine feels a little bit warmer.

Sasha – Dneprodzerzhinsk, April 2009

Lenin Statue – Donetsuk, July 2008

Cossack – Simferopol, Dec. 2009

Village – Crimea, Nov. 2009

Village 2 – Crimea, Nov. 2009

Fish, Herson Oblast, Nov. 2009

Geizer, Herson Oblast, Dec. 2009

Car, Herson Oblast, Nov. 2009

Bonzhu, Dneprodzerzhinsk, Dec. 2008