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.