Author: Galina Toktalieva

Earthquake

It was 5 o’clock in the morning. I lay in darkness of the room awaken by strange sensation. The night was sticky and still, and full moon accompanied by blinking pearl of lonely star beamed in the open window. A moment later neighbors dog gave low...

Action of the Greens

Action in defense of same-gender partnership It was rather hot morning, and I felt the gravity of my photo bag, walking by zigzags and asking every pedestrian where civil registry office is. I anticipated picturesque manifestation at the place, but found only small group there. As...

Social-democrats and communists

1st May Demo It was traditional the 1 May demo and Day of the Work in Vienna yesterday, and to express their solidarity with social-democratic, communist and national minorities movements in the country thousands of people marched along streets of the city toward Parliament and City...

Galina als Putzfrau

Galina as cleanlady Do you remember feeling of being hurt? When you are hurt, you see as if others act on evil free will. In reality we all have very little of free will. When analyzing your private history, that could be history of anybody else,...

Attachments-3

With my first old Nikon hidden under the jacket that made me look at least 6 month pregnant. I crept in one of multistoried houses (Laufhaeuse) where prostitutes rented working rooms. Though houses looked shabby outside, wooden panels, leather armchairs and thick carpets preserved air of...

Attachments-2

Most probable, men of power never pay visits to local brothels, where they can be spied out. If somebody appeared at least once on the screen of TV, it was risky for him to break with the air of lewd innocence in whorehouses or visit corrupted...

Attachments-1

Our attachments is the source of our problems. You are attached when you think your life would be impossible without what you are crazy about. Ten years ago, I was standing in the long line behind the doors of British embassy in Moscow with supreme trepidation...

Alter Ego

Emigration creates stressful limit-situations when person loses his identification:work, friends, relatives, property, language, life and career prospects. Can you stand this collapse of identifications? – Being 47, I must run around in Vienna as homeless dog looking for institutions, who would approve what I am doing....

Street photography

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art in public places. Although there is a difference between street and candid photography it is usually subtle with most street photography being candid in nature but not all candid photography being classifiable as street photography. Street photography does...

Grenzlozes Erdbeerefeld

Moving forward, as I already wrote before its always major part of life nativities unavoidable. Oddly enough all my depressing experiences concentrated in sphere of relations. It is like sado-maso games with your own gastronomic perceptiveness. When being invited to occasional restaurant I am hardly appreciative,...

Journalism

Serbian demonstration against Kosovo independence, Vienna, Heldenplatz, 24.02.08, 13.00 As I have no more reliable source of information about Vienna events than FM-4 and Internet sites, I arrived at place more than two hours earlier equipped with three lenses which I eventually didn’t use. When demo...

Abend

Nothing changes in life so quickly, but day after day, I grow more and more dissatisfied with possibilities Nikon D200 provides for shooting indoors. Sometimes I feel completely desperate looking through dark and unclear shots I made in cafe. From one side big professional camera can...

Kids

Walking tours, cold day, shopping street, no gloves. Boy from the right told patronizingly touching my shoulder that Nikon D200 is somewhat old. It was fun to shoot them. It is always easy to shoot young people. Older persons are often suspicious about something and full...

Die Liebe

All what street knows about love. It is not easy to make such a collection, and I spent significant time doing it. And I was always thinking what was standing behind moment of snapshot, I was thinking about these real people and their relationships. Liebeszitate “Am...

Kutscher

I wonder what this man was thinking about, when I tried to depict him. Feeling sincere interest to people, I discovered it was impossible to cheat people trying secretly photograph them, individuality under the question always knows he(she) is object of interest, even being surrounded by...