Rituals, Alter Egos, S&M & The Post-Soviet Rave

Wardruna performed their live rituals in Zagreb’s ‘Lisinski’ concert hall, I shot a little editorial for Routine Kyiv and Volchok in their basement store in Kyiv, and cancelled The Soft Moon show made me go hunting for new photos on the local rave. Also, I had to play with ‘aliens’ again…

Wardruna played their first show in Croatia and I got listed for photography; the initial plan was to shoot portraits but there was no time so I got a ‘chance’ to shoot a show, which I didn’t really feel like since I’m not into concert photography; anyway, I shot a couple of ‘psychedelic’ images which kinda resemble the ritualistic nature of band’s live show. ‘Heimta Thurs’ was perfect, because the ending went into a complete madness with exorcism-screaming and strobe lights (out of nowhere).

In the meantime, the aliens and alter-egos never actually left my mind so I took a couple of self-portraits with some of them, and *self-portraits* are actually including me for real this time…

Finally, I went to Kyiv. First, I shot a little editorial in a basement Volchok store; the steel door, red lights, barrels (so you can’t get out) and a lot of S&M ‘imagery’. It looks like one of those tattoo shops where you get kidnapped in B-list horror movies, and I mean that in the best way possible because the place was instantly photogenic.

My primary reason for visiting Kyiv; The Soft Moon’s live show got cancelled due to border control problems so I had to experiment at some rave in Closer. This toilet shot was an instant Gaspar Noe reference in my head…

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