This barrel factory is a small family business located in Bremen, Germany. The employees, Philipp and Marco, are making the barrels by hand only from strictly selected high quality wood. The utmost precision is needed for planning and drawing as well as welding because the quality of a barrel has a direct influence on the quality of wine. The family business is shipping these barrels all over the world.
I was born in the old merchant town Kaluga, by the river Oka, 180 km southwest of Moscow. My hometown is known for its most famous resident, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. He was a Russian and later a Soviet rocket scientist and a pioneer of the astronautic theory, who worked here as a school teacher. Consequently, another name for Kaluga is "The Cradle of Space Exploration".
It is hard to put feelings about my hometown into words. Instead, I decided to do a photo series about Kaluga and as a result visited all the locations that were important to me in my childhood and youth again as a grown-up. Luckily some things there still resemble Russia of my childhood, even though the new era has moved into Kaluga in a form of McDonald's and other hallmarks of the Western world.
My US visa was valid for three years. Please someone pinch me. Even during the layover in London I still could not believe that I was finally going to the country of people’s dreams. For a whole year I was restless, moving from one place to another, trying to overcome a sudden sense of fear. I was filling my life with new experiences, delicious food, alcohol and adventures. And, I could not wait for the next chapter. Now looking back and going through the pictures of the American summer, it feels like it all happened a long time ago to someone else.