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A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House | by Trey Ratcliff
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A Snowy Night at the Kiev Opera House

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The Eastern Bloc countries always held a certain mystique to me. Since I grew up during the cold war, I've thought going anywhere near the USSR would be like a Star Trek redshirt visiting the Klingon capitol. Kiev, of course, by this time is a much friendlier place to visit. It still held a lot of the old imposing Soviet architecture that made you feel like you are always being watched by a government official. When I would set up to take photos, I noticed many a suspicious eye looking in my direction, as if, perhaps, maybe I was a government official posing as a photographer.


It was quite icy and snowy in Kiev that night. I walked up near the opera house and found this shot. The blue lights inside along with the old Soviet car out front gave it all a very cool feeling.



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Taken on January 31, 2007