Shevchenko District, Lviv, Ukraine. November 2013
This series of photographs were taken during a recent trip to Ukraine in which I spent a week renting a flat in the Western Ukrainian city, Lviv.
During my time spent walking around the surrounding areas to where I was based I became interesting in the Shevchenko District. This area is one of the many Soviet micro-districts located around the city. These areas were built as an urban planning concept that dates back to the 1920s when the Soviet Union experienced a very fast rate of urbanization. These residential complexes were seen by their creators as an opportunity to build a collective society, an environment suitable and necessary for the new way of life.
During a discussion with Oleg Koval, a Ukrainian photographer who helped me whilst visiting Lviv, he explained these micro districts are nicknamed “Sleeping Districts” because many of their inhabitants supposedly come home only to sleep as they work and spend free time away from their districts.