The view that confronted me the very first time I stopped outside the Russian Cultural Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Some time ago I posted on my Return to the Russian Cultural Centre and promised to post some of the ‘before and after’ images. I’ve briefly returned to the UK and dug out the digital snaps I took during a visit that gave me the idea for Terrestrial Cosmos and here they are. Just before flying home I drove past the Russian Centre and could see that every last scrap of the old building had been destroyed and that the entire site was in an advanced state of redevelopment. While it surely illustrates progress, it still represents the erasure of powerful memories and the loss of an iconic structure. Its shape will be etched into my memory for all eternity. So, without further ado, here are some of the images I shot.
Just to the left of the frame above is where I shot the portrait below, shown as ‘Addict 2’
I was always struck by the one-eyed face-like appearance of this building. It appears ready to swallow you up, which is quite an apt visualisation.
And now for a reminder of the men who used to live there: