Dutch photographer travels across Russia spending the night in stranger’s homes (27 Photos)

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Dutch photographer Bieke Depoorter hopped on the Trans-Siberian railway with an idea. She would stop only at the small stations in remote towns, walk up to a random home and hand them a note that read, “I look for a place to spend one night at, I have no money for a hotel and I want to know how Russians live”.

Bieke took photos of her journey to attempt to tell the story of how an average Russians live their lives...

Photos by Bieke Depoorter


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  • http://twitter.com/TAndrewarhol @TAndrewarhol

    #1 #10 In Soviet Russia walls paper you!

    • Methos

      Looks like 1960's American wallpaper…. I wondered where that crap went.

      • SpacemanSpiff

        Behind the spackle

  • Norm

    And they thought they could win the Cold War!!! Silly Russians

  • Looters

    I do NOT want to go to there…

    • szymon

      hey, nobody is inviting you, so…

  • http://twitter.com/McBeastie666 @McBeastie666

    Average people living near poverty welcome a complete stranger with a camera into their house to share their meager belongings and to have what looks like a lot of fun (and vodka) and most of the commenters here just say "glad to be an American" or something equally condescending. Hey, try knocking on a random door anywhere here and asking the homeowner if you can spend the night and take pictures and see if you make it to door number 2 without getting shot in the face.

    • freddy boy

      @McBeatie, I couldn't have said it better.

    • szymon

      Thanks for writing that!

    • bazz

      Right you are. Are you Russian?

  • Big Z

    we complain yet have so much. We live such privlaged lives.

    • GR8 Scott

      Those who are spoiled bitch the most.

  • mick0311

    This post proves everything Patton said about the Russians. LMAO

    • szymon

      and your post proves all european stereotypes about americans.

  • Raf

    What creepy effing pictures : S

  • mrkerrdontplay

    #9 in soviet russia, pictures take you!

  • Paul

    My garage is better furnished than these places.
    #1 classy kid will go far in life.

  • AGuyWhoKnows

    She's doing it in the US now also. Basically she finds the most disgusting / underprivileged people possible, I mean really really disgusting and underprivileged people mooches off of them for a few days, takes photographs, then tries to get famous for taking photos of unfortunate people who have no clue they are being exploited. She sells her photos in books and goes on talk shows in NL.

    -Source: I met her while she was being escorted around by poor people in the US.

    • freddy boy

      @AGuyWhoKnows, thanks for the insight but, bro, it doesn't change the pitiful status of poor people. A pox on her if she's the exploiter but long overdue blessings on the poor.

  • tyler durden

    Reminds me of what it looked like growing up in the '70s….if we never remodeled and let everything go to shit.
    Oh well, "The things you own… end up owning you."

  • freddy boy

    #3 #8 #10 #27 Not too many concerns about 1st world problems here. "I thought I had it hard because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet"……so said my grandmother.

    • Stick

      Dude, it's fucking Wallpaper, who cares?

  • heathclif

    Communism: Putting countries 4 decades behind the modern world for 150 years.

  • joe testarosa

    This guy is a freakin Perv! Also they must not have any paint in russia cuz there is a lot of crappy wallpaper.

  • Silent

    Brace yourselves for the coming "In russia…." jokes.

  • http://twitter.com/RickvdS @RickvdS

    Very depressing.. I totally understand now, send them more vodka!

    • Roman

      No, no, that's not how it works. They send us Vodka.

  • Retired Navy

    No doubt we have places and families like that here in the US.
    Moon shine instead of vodka, crack instead of food,,,,,,
    Think of when you drive through some small towns and large cities.
    The run-down urban areas and the crack problems. The rural towns with the meth,,,
    One doesn't need to travel far to see how this country has fallen on it's face.

  • B Dub

    #4 #8 #24
    Stranger in my house, taking photographs of my kids in their underwear or in bed..?…. I don't think so. She'd be shown either the door pretty damn fast! Female or not, it's just creepy to let a stranger do that.

  • Big D

    I think I've seen all of that wallpaper in Russian porn,.

  • Horta

    She's actually Belgian.. And she did the same thing in the US, the year afterwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christian.cockburn Christian Themainattraction Cockburn

    #12 and #19 all resemble the making of a horror movie!haha

  • nouu

    #4 now kiss

    • LolSauce

      yes please

  • Pants

    Apparently Russia hasn't changed since Stalin.

  • Shlomy Steinberg

    I am so glad my mother's family left there!

  • Ur_dumb

    My wife, who its Russian, is offended by the description as "average"… the Trans-Siberian railway takes you through SIBERIA. This is not average – these photos show extreme poverty… far from average. Nice way to help keep up bad stereotypes…. morons.

    • LolSauce

      you bro, no one fucking cares

      • szymon

        yeah, nobody cares, nobody knows shit, but let's have an offensive, wrog opinon, why not? Why so many americans are so ignorant?

      • Ur_dumb

        clearly you care enough to reply…. thanks for caring. ;)

        • Ur_dumb

          my comment was meant for LolSauce, btw…

    • ImpressMe

      Maybe you should direct your anger and childish name calling at the photographer who put this description out there. Seems she is the one propagating the negative stereotypes of the Russian people…and making a tidy living off it in the process. You could help more by actually providing some facts and an alternative viewpoint……instead of resorting to the name calling right off the bat.

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