Abandoned wooden houses in the village of Mal`gino, Russia

January 15, 2019
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Petr Generozov
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Abandoned wooden houses from the late 19th century in the village of Mal`gino, near the town of Buy, in the north of the Kostroma region, Russia.
The relocation of villagers to cities in the Kostroma, Vladimir, Tver` regions is a problem in contemporary Russia. It began actively in Soviet times, from the 1950s, in the 1990s - 2000s, the process accelerated and continues to this day.

People move to cities, cease to engage in peasant farming, leaving villages and entire areas vacant.
In the villages, historic log huts built between the middle of the 19th century and the mid-20th century remain untouched and not distorted by alterations, reminding of an open-air museum in the best places. Getting into such poetic places, we are transported at another time, feeling secluded and reliving historical events in a new way.
Some houses are used for summer living, some as temporary hunting lodges, most are completely abandoned and slowly collapse.
In the Kostroma region, the abandonment by the villagers of the villages has a massive tragic character, completely changing the historical landscape.
The house on the right of the photograph, presumably the end of the nineteenth century, has a notable facade decor, made of carved wood. Carved platbands are especially beautiful.
These houses are doomed, they will never be restored and brought back to life. They end their lives under the northern sky.

Picture taken at the end of August 2018. Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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