Man-ape hybrid as Soviet Superman

Novorossisky & Sochi

Mid March 2010

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_CaucasusFilmStartLOWQThe new film roll exposes to light and tires are flat… We are in the south of Russia.

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_NotIdealLOWQWe took a 38 hour train south from Moscow & thought there is no way it would snow down here… we were wrong.

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_KirillTheMusicanLOWQKirill Korobkov is not a musician, but he does like to dance.

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_CloseUpOnStasLOWQStas is my favorite human being! No one makes me laugh more than Stas!

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_105LOWQNovorossiysk is no joke, don’t mess with Russia!


35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_GiraffeKissLOWQJolly side of Novorossiysk… by the way, it took us a week to pronounce ‘Novorossiysk’ correctly, try for yourself!


MediumFormatPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_StasNotOnBeach_LOWQWe came a month to early, it was freezing!

35mmPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_CacasusMountainRangePuzzeLOWQ35mmPatrikWallner_Sochi_LeninMosaicLOWQLenin took over the czarist Russia

35mmPatrikWallner_ToSochi_SketchyRoadsLOWQWe had a good time in Novorossiysk, but we had to move on to Sochi!

35mmPatrikWallner_ToSochi_BearsInTheBackLOWQWe had a bunch of bags.

35mmPatrikWallner_ToSochi_RoadsideBeautyLOWQon the road.

MediumFormatPatrikWallner_Sochi_KaccaLOWQSochi is located at the very southern tip of Russia and the northern Caucasus. Only forty minutes away from Abkhazia and very close to quite other disputed & dangerous Russian states like Dagestan, Chechnya, Balkaria and North Ossetia.

MediumFormatPatrikWallner_Sochi_TannerMonkeyLOWQDuring Soviet times, experiments on monkeys was a secret Soviet plan to create a man-ape hybrid that would become a Soviet superman and propel the Soviet Union ahead of the West! And I am not joking… Stalin really thought this could work. Now monkeys are used for touristic purposes… It’s inhumane, but i couldn’t resist of taking a photo of two monkeys.


I am sure you have heard of Sochi before. You remember the Winter Olympics in Vancouver this winter, well in 2014, the Olympics will be held in Sochi… I am reeeeeally curious how this will turn out since corruption is a pretty big issue over here. 327 Billion Roubles are needed for this event…

35mmPatrikWallner_Sochi_GotItLOWQ1000PLocals are getting ready for the Olympics… they might have confused the winter with the summer Olympics.

35mmPatrikWallner_Sochi_SochiFishLOWQ1000PRight by the Black Sea. Even though Novorossiysk and Sochi might be corrupt and sketchy in some ways, we still had a really good time, the sights are beautiful and some really good spots!

35mmPatrikWallner_Sochi_StasMiniBusLOWQStas’s likes old vehicles. He collects small collector cars, vans, buses, tanks… I love the Ladas the most!

35mmPatrikWallner_Sochi_PapageiLOWQ1000PI do have to apologize for the lack of skate photos, but we had no photographer on this trip, so I had to take the roll as photographer aswell, so all the good skate photos will be saved for the Magazines.

MediumFormatPatrikWallner_Novorossiysk_NaimHugeOllieLOWQBefore we headed to Georgia, Naim had to get gnarly. He ollied over this Hubba over a Double Set twice… First for the footage and then for this photo. Krasnoyarsk representing! He unfortunately left the trip after Sochi!

MediumFormatPatrikWallner_Sochi_KennyMcDonalds_LOWQKenny Reed loves McDonald’s in the morning.

35mmPatrikWallner_ToGeorgia_StyledOutDogLOWQ1000PDressing up dogs isn’t just a stupid trend in the US… Dogs in the Caucasus are wearing some funky colors.


So they told us that the boat ride from Sochi to Batumi (Georgia) would take only a couple hours, ended up being over ten hours… We arrive in Georgia and everyone is a little sketched out. Throughout our stay in Russia, people were telling us not to go, because it would be too dangerous. Well we arrived and it was obviously the opposite!