ConceptEuropeIn the ghost town Skrunda by Jelena Osmolovska

Skrunda is a town in Latvia, also known as a ghost town since 1998. It was built by Soviet Union as a military town in 1963. There you still can find 60 buildings that comprise the former complex and town including apartment blocks, a school, barracks and an officers club.

Skrunda is a town in Latvia, also known as a ghost town since 1998. It was built by Soviet Union as a military town in 1963.

There you still can find 60 buildings that comprise the former complex and town including apartment blocks, a school, barracks and an officers club. With the change of government in one day no one needed this place anymore… In these halls once people were enjoying the concerts.

Life was so full of joy and happiness. Kids were going to school, many families were having cozy evenings in their apartments.. And now everything is empty. Skrunda became unwanted in one moment … Now town has been ruined by vandals. I would like to show how time and somebody’s decisions could be merciless. To me it is very important to let my kids know about history of our birthplace. Soon Skrunda will be completely ruined. Just our photographs and memories will remain. [model: my friend Sanita Jermanova]

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In the ghost town Skrunda / Jelena Osmolovska
In the ghost town Skrunda / Jelena Osmolovska

About Jelena Osmolovska

I live in a small country called Latvia where the life is very quiet and laid back. The world of photography I discovered after the birth of my second child four years ago. I am absolutely self-taught in this area.Photography is a reflection of my experiences, thoughts and situations that have changed me. I work with natural light and pick the costumes and locations for my photo shoots by myself, whatever allows me to express myself and my emotions more effectively. I get a lot of ideas, but not all of them reach completion. All of the projects that are finished happen in a kind of synchronicity; when my feelings begin to overwhelm me and I direct those emotions into my photography.I am capturing people who are close to me,they are not professional models.

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In the ghost town Skrunda / Jelena Osmolovska
In the ghost town Skrunda / Jelena Osmolovska

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