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Ukrainian Railroad Ladies

a visual exploration of the traffic controllers profession on Ukrainian railway crossings

Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is a series of portraits of traffic controllers and safety officers at railroads of Ukraine. It is an exploration of why these professions still exist in the twenty-first century, given the almost complete automatization of railroad crossings. Les mer
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Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is a series of portraits of traffic controllers and safety officers at railroads of Ukraine. It is an exploration of why these professions still exist in the twenty-first century, given the almost complete automatization of railroad crossings. It is a study of the anthropological and social aspects of this phenomenon and the overall role of Ukraines railroad system.The Ukrainian Railroad Ladies series has an aesthetic, educational, and humanistic bias, in that it serves to reflect the complex socio-political context which Ukrainian state structures work within. Of course, when it comes to the aesthetics behind the railway crossings, its not as if theyd been preemptively thought up and put together by somebody thats not what makes them so personal and distinctive. They have come about because of how these peoples personal lives dont stop when they come to work, and work doesnt finish when they clock out either.Sasha Maslov captured these signalwomen in the tradition of modern documentary photography, photographing each of his subjects in her everyday work environment, as if in the middle of her own small world. The clear and naive gaze of the lens on the subject of the portrait, alongside the subjects own gaze on her future beholder, establishes a remote visual communication, trust, and mutual sympathy between the future observer and the photo series real-life subjects. For every place and worker in the series there is only one standalone portrait, which has a comprehensive set of visual and ideological characteristics. However, the sheer number of photographs in the series shows just how varied and multifaceted this phenomenon can be, aesthetically and otherwise. Maslovs interest toward the visuals of this profession and the unique lifestyle of railway crossing controllers allowed him to explore this niche community and single out those local social ties which had never before come under analysis turning this photographic series into a piece of sociological research, beyond a purely aesthetic one.

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