International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

KL Mauthausen, Upper Austria

On 27 January 1945, Ausschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.

In 2005 the 27 January was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the "International Holocaust Remembrance Day". 

The International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is thus a day on which we must reassert our commitment to human rights. [...]

We must also go beyond remembrance, and make sure that new generations know this history. We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world. And we must do our utmost so that all peoples may enjoy the protection and rights for which the United Nations stands.

Message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon 


Meanwhile in Russia

At the Red Square. January 21, 2015. 



91 years ago, on January 21, 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, died. His ideas formed the largest part of the 20th century. And also his "Utopia" failed at the end in 1991 there are still many people who believe in this ideas. Today, on the anniversary of his death, there was (again, like in former Sowjet times) a long queue in front of his mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square.

Still marching...
The flag of the USSR at the Kremlin Wall. 2015.
The queue on Red Square. The sign is saying "Children of War"...
Entering the Mausoleum

Moscow, Red Square, January 21, 2105



Space Oddity

Yuri Gagarin Monument, Moscow
Monument to the Conquest of Space, Moscow

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much "she knows"
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you "Here Am I floating round a tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.
[David Bowie, Space Oddity]


Meanwhile in Russia

Some of the picts I did for the guy with the goats...


Выбираю Жизнь

Спасибо Крису - сделали мне #артистический сайт (ссылка). Выкладывать пока особо нечего, положила свои любимые картины, наброски времен студенчества и мою любимую #фото серию (первую, но не последнюю) о #жизни и смерти. В серии фотографии с #Тихого океана, ##Карабаша, и... #Подмосковья - жизнь есть жизнь и торопится нам некуда - вечная спутница согласна подождать...



The last days of 2014 brought temperatures here in Moscow region of around -20°C so one had a lot of opportunities of doing this winter wonderland picture. 2015 started with temperatures of +2°C so at the moment all this was melting away. But the temperature forecast for next week is -25°C so I think I will have some more changes to get such pictures... 
Meanwhile in Russia

Strolling through the heavily snowed-in Russian countryside on the last day of 2014 I encountered this guy. Seeing my camera he asked me to take some pictures of his animals. He is living in a small house together with eight goats, two black pigs, some cats and a lot of rabbits (he doesn't know anymore how many of them there are). Actually his animals have more living space then he. And he cares very much for them, constantly talking about them. Using all my rudimentary knowledge of the Russian language and his of the English one we had quite a long and interesting chat. At the end he offered to pay me 20 rubles for the pictures of his goats. I will give them to him for free... ;-)