Chronicling the life of an American ex-pat in a former Soviet republic: Uzbekistan. I am a photography enthusiast originally from the San Francisco Bay area and lived in Brooklyn, NY for 7 years where my interest in film photography blossomed. My cameras of choice in NY were the Canon AE-1 and Yashica GS using several different types of film: Lomography, Fuji Superia, Kodak Tri-X, Kodak E100, etc.
In March of 2011, I received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work overseas in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I admit, that initially it was not a place on my bucket list of places to see before I embarked on my mission of working in international education. But I learned very quickly that the international school life opens up a world of possibilities, if you are willing to go just about ANYWHERE. I did a bunch of research – reading, looking at pictures, etc. and I was hooked. Suddenly I was intrigued by the Silk Road. With a somewhat blind leap of faith, I moved from Brooklyn, NY to Uzbekistan in late July and I have loved every moment ever since.
Uzbekistan is a fun place to photograph. The colors, landscapes, food, and the people create an interesting melting pot of Soviet and Asian culture. One moment you could be staring at a Soviet-era bloc of rectangular apartment buildings in Tashkent and a few hours later on a train, you are transported back in time to the great Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. Moreover, it is also a GREAT place to pick up original Soviet-era cameras (Lomo, Zorki, Kiev) for quite cheap and as a result, I’ve added a Lomo Lubitel 166B, Kiev, and a Fed-3 to my collection.
In this series, I will share my experience of living in Uzbekistan as an ex-pat in the LOCATIONS section. Developing film (particularly cross processing, which I love to use) is difficult here so I plan to write a feature piece at least every 2 months. I would also love to share and exchange ideas with fellow Lomography members who have visited the Silk Road and/or working away from their home countries.
Read the first article in her Uzbekistan adventures here
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