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    This is Odessa

    If I had a bit more money I would love to spend more time in Odessa. A surprisingly beautiful and gentile city.

    First I'll get the usual tourist stuff out of the way.

    I had no idea of the cities history before visiting but sure enough there was a wall.



    And then there are the famous Potmpkin Steps.




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    What really hit me was that this city felt designed. It did not come about on it's own. There was a grand plan in mind. Broad avenues and beautiful promenades & parks all show that this city had a lot of thought put into it at the beginning.



    Some interesting monuments.



    and an interesting painted bull on the main promenade

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      A very interesting bridge with thousands of locks. After being wed, the couple attaches a lock to the Mother-In-Law's bridge to signify that their bond will last as long as the lock.





      Though it has fallen on hard time I just had to show this "shopping mall". Non-existent in the USA this mall really showed older world craftsmanship. Unfortunately taken over by cheap souvenir shops.

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        Now for my favorite part of Odessa, the women. I could spend a lifetime watching the women of Odessa. Beautiful and working hard to stay at the cutting edge of fashion. Striking a slutty pose whenever a camera was pointed in their direction. A style I have not seen anywhere else in the world and they wear it well.

        It was very surreal to try and anonymously photograph them. They are incredibly beautiful and strike centerfold poses as a style. When taken into context with the city it all blends beautifully but it was difficult to NOT catch them in a Playboy fashion. I had to try hard to get photos that were not ***ual or did not make me feel like I was infringing on their lives.





        I have never been into photographing people but Odessa is where I want to learn.
        Last edited by pilotdane; November 10th, 2011, 04:50.

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          Yes! Odessa fascinates me also. We have a TV report series here called "With the train to the End of Europe" , one report is called "From Berlin to Odessa" and i watch in each time they send it in one of our programs. So i am very glad you started this thread. More pictures please! Odessa is so amazing. Definetely on my to-do list. And i have to go there until there is still some of that socialistic history visible. They develop so quick!
          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
            I have also walked those stairs, almost ten years ago.

            It's so great seeing Odessa again, I was very impressed with the city. My best memory from the city was from atop of these very stairs: they were filming a program for a local children's program, and I (me and a couple of friends) were asked if we could star in the show as "people in the background". We even had to sign a model release form.
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              The day we were there it must have been something special for there were bridal parties everywhere. They were waiting in line at several prime photo locations.



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                  Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
                  This is just simply SPECTACULAR.

                  At some point in time, there must have been a lot of wealth here for the builder to even want to decorate a building that much.

                  I saw it in Russia as well.... it's exterior decorations of some building is nothing but stunning.
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