January 13, 2014

At Play on the Black Sea

Photograph by Mathias Depardon

A young man jumps into the Black Sea near Novorossiysk, Russia. In 1942, the town was occupied by Germans, but a small unit of Soviet sailors defended a part of the town known as Malaya Zemlya for 225 days. Novorossiysk was awarded the title of "Hero City" in 1973.

Mathias Depardon’s photo project, Black Sea Postcards, was featured on the National Geographic photography blog Proof »

26 comments
Глеб Соколов
Глеб Соколов

Let me explain : at the pictures shown how Russia gets up from his knees. Children go to sporting facilities , are preparing for the Olympic games... and there bars ,and jumping into the water . But actually, that we are moving away from the losses after the second world war ,in which we would suffer defeat ,if we were not helped by our "friends" from the West ^^. We can say that they won the war ... Thank you very much !!! But all jokes in truth, it is the Soviet development for the destruction of the enemy both mentally and morally , and even Russia does not exist , it's all a fairy tale for children, the USSR was ,and still is ,and what is happening in Ukraine , it is a preparation for the ninth of may ( feast of such ). OMON already left for me and directly taken away for interrogation to the KGB ...

Mariella Montes
Mariella Montes

the boy that has the black shorts on the rigth is cute

EMILIO CRUZ
EMILIO CRUZ

Se nota que estan alegre.

It shows that they are cheerful.

Стефан Колев
Стефан Колев

Никога повече война!

Никогда болше войны!

 Nie wieder Krig!

 Never again war!

EJ Feist
EJ Feist

I like how all the people in the picture have motion. 

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

It's a strange picture but at the same time is beatiful. It's simple, well taken and show us the great Russia with his Black Sea but at the same time shoes that Russia became a simple country, as others. What is today, problably it's not tomorrown anymote. I say this, with all respect to the Great Nation that Russia is.

Francesco Sinibaldi
Francesco Sinibaldi

La finesse des rêves.


Dans le

calme de la

nuit la couleur

de la neige

rappelle la

mémoire d'une

pensée fugitive.


Francesco Sinibaldi


Robert G Ruvalcaba
Robert G Ruvalcaba

Nice picture.  Is this a current picture, or an old picture?  Just curious.

Anna F.
Anna F.

It looks like a Deineka painting.

Aristides dos Santos
Aristides dos Santos

Nice picture, showing that the older spaces can be used, and bring happiness forever...................................

Ranjix Ranjix
Ranjix Ranjix

@Isabel Correia "the great Russia with his Black Sea"? There are about 5 countries around Black Sea, don't think they would be happy to hear that Black Sea would be Russia's... Maybe you meant something else, english-wise.. Also, your comment shows a little too much respect "to the Great Nation", let's not exaggerate. 

water bird
water bird

@Robert G Ruvalcaba

that thought was crossing my mind also... but i imagine that it has been taken recently,   i'm not sure what exactly it is about the photo that gives it a feel of "a past or bygone period"...is it the hues of the image or is it perhaps that we almost never  see our children in our enviornment just having a simple playful moment and entertaining themselves with an  imaginative use of  whatever they see or find around them and each other and not some "real" toy or computer ?  

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