I was searching for photos depicting Kiev, the place of my current residence. I wanted to find a gallery with a fresh view on the city distinct from tourist stereotype. Recently I came across the episa’s photostream on Flickr. Episa calls himself US Semi-Professional photographer currently living in Kiev, Ukraine. I’m not sure what he means by semi-professional, because I prefer to consider professionalism as a characteristic that relates only to commercial performance in a certain field. If someone constantly manages to earn money for a living in that field I would call him professional irrespective of my subjective appraisal about the quality of his work. And if someone’s activity brings in no profit it does not minimize his skills in the field. Anyway, episa’s photos are looking rather impressive themselves and show the current state of the city, since they were uploaded to Flickr only a few days ago.
This summer is unexpectedly hot. The weather temperature is high as in the hottest years on record and all the river beaches are crowded with locals.
Unlike the photographer (maybe I’m mistaken, but he uses a tag “Gay”), I don’t think that all of these men are gays. Women are in minority on local nudist beaches.
These and other excellent images can be found in episa’s photostream on Flickr.