Never look in the camera's eye if you find yourself in an interesting place.


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So last year I published an article about this photo-philosophy of mine. The idea was - and still is - pretty simple: just like everybody else, every time I saw something captivating, I wanted a pic that would remind me about that moment. But at some point it dawned on me that posing with a smile for a photo, giving your back to something incredible, using sunsets, forests, and streets as backgrounds was just... wrong.

So I did a 180 turn - literally. One day I decided to turn my back to the camera and enjoy the view in front of me. And afterwards relive the feeling every time I looked at the photo.

And once I started ignoring the camera - or rather asked people to capture me absorbing the surrounding world instead of faking a smile against it - I simply couldn't stop.

A year later I understood that there's a whole new collection of pics I'd like to share with you.

If you enjoy them and like the idea, spread the word - the beauty in front of us is more important than just another portrait. After all, we've got selfies for those, don't we?

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#1 Odessa, Ukraine, 2018. First Trip In 2018 - And Where Else If Not To A Summerish Seaside In Winter?

Odessa, Ukraine, 2018. First Trip In 2018 - And Where Else If Not To A Summerish Seaside In Winter?

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#2 Meeting The True Odessans

Meeting The True Odessans

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#3 London, The U.k., 2017. It Was A Love From The First Sight.

London, The U.k., 2017. It Was A Love From The First Sight.

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#4 Island Of Spring In The Middle Of Snowstorm, Ukraine, 2018

Island Of Spring In The Middle Of Snowstorm, Ukraine, 2018

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#5 In The Shot: An Epic Journey To The Huge Cross On The Edge Of The Mountain. Behind The Scene: Getting Wet From The Rain And Being Afraid Of The Cows On My Left, Cows On My Right And Cows Behind The Photographer. (That's Ukraine, Btw)

In The Shot: An Epic Journey To The Huge Cross On The Edge Of The Mountain. Behind The Scene: Getting Wet From The Rain And Being Afraid Of The Cows On My Left, Cows On My Right And Cows Behind The Photographer. (That's Ukraine, Btw)

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#6 Buki, Ukraine, 2017. Always Beautiful And Full Of Wonders, This Country Never Fails To Amaze Me.

Buki, Ukraine, 2017. Always Beautiful And Full Of Wonders, This Country Never Fails To Amaze Me.

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#7 Buki, Ukraine, 2017. Feeling Small Is Not Necessary A Bad Thing. Especially In Such Places.

Buki, Ukraine, 2017. Feeling Small Is Not Necessary A Bad Thing. Especially In Such Places.

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#8 Mariia Meets Malta, 2018. That’s My 5th Mediterranean Country And Also The 5th Mediterranean Island!

Mariia Meets Malta, 2018. That’s My 5th Mediterranean Country And Also The 5th Mediterranean Island!

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#9 Dnipro River, Ukraine, 2017. Water-Wandering A Little

Dnipro River, Ukraine, 2017. Water-Wandering A Little

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#10 White Cliffs, Dover, The U.k., 2017. So I Once Went To The Very Edge Of England, Saw The Cliffs, Said Hi To La Manche And France, Finally Tried The Notorious Fish&chips. Good Day That Was.

White Cliffs, Dover, The U.k., 2017. So I Once Went To The Very Edge Of England, Saw The Cliffs, Said Hi To La Manche And France, Finally Tried The Notorious Fish&chips. Good Day That Was.

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#11 Deal, The U.k., 2017. Not Sure You See That, But That's La Manche On The Horizon

Deal, The U.k., 2017. Not Sure You See That, But That's La Manche On The Horizon

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#12 White Cliffs, Dover, The U.k., 2017 It's The Very Edge Of The Cliff And I'm Scared Shi... Well Like Really Scared.

White Cliffs, Dover, The U.k., 2017 It's The Very Edge Of The Cliff And I'm Scared Shi... Well Like Really Scared.

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#13 London, The U.k., 2017. And The Next Day I Had Lunch In That Egg-Shaped Beauty.

London, The U.k., 2017. And The Next Day I Had Lunch In That Egg-Shaped Beauty.

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#14 Katy Perry, Are You There? Just Wanted To Tell You That I Also Used To Bite My Tongue And Hold My Breath 🦁🌴

Katy Perry, Are You There? Just Wanted To Tell You That I Also Used To Bite My Tongue And Hold My Breath 🦁🌴

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#15 Kyiv, 2018. Some People Get Modern Art, Other's... Well, Ask Their Friends To Take Pictures Of Them Trying To.

Kyiv, 2018. Some People Get Modern Art, Other's... Well, Ask Their Friends To Take Pictures Of Them Trying To.

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#16 The Mediterranean, Sea, 2018. Feeling Happy By The Sea - Check!

The Mediterranean, Sea, 2018. Feeling Happy By The Sea - Check!

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#17 Pirogovo Museum, Ukraine, 2017. One Of The Best Places To See In Kyiv

Pirogovo Museum, Ukraine, 2017. One Of The Best Places To See In Kyiv

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#18 Ok Well Now I Feel Like I Have To Come Back Just To Swim There

Ok Well Now I Feel Like I Have To Come Back Just To Swim There

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#19 You Should Have Seen That Storm

You Should Have Seen That Storm

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#20 We Will Not Float.

We Will Not Float.

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#21 You Read About It, You Heard About It, But I Bet If Don't Live There You Wouldn't Recognize It Without First Checking The Geotag Above The Pic.

You Read About It, You Heard About It, But I Bet If Don't Live There You Wouldn't Recognize It Without First Checking The Geotag Above The Pic.

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#22 National History Museum, London, The U.k., 2017. When You Feel Absolutely Helpless And Envious, Because Some Other Mary Managed To Find "A Complete Ichthyosaur Skeleton" When She Was Just 11 Y.o., And You, An Adult Of 25 Years, Can't Even Find Matching Socks In Your Wardrobe.

National History Museum, London, The U.k., 2017. When You Feel Absolutely Helpless And Envious, Because Some Other Mary Managed To Find "A Complete Ichthyosaur Skeleton" When She Was Just 11 Y.o., And You, An Adult Of 25 Years, Can't Even Find Matching Socks In Your Wardrobe.

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#23 Everything Is Coming Up Roses. Especially On Top Of The World (Or Malta).

Everything Is Coming Up Roses. Especially On Top Of The World (Or Malta).

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#24 Descending Into The Mediterranean Waters, Because Why Not?

Descending Into The Mediterranean Waters, Because Why Not?

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#25 Kamenets Podolski, 2018. I Bet You Have No Idea How Many Wanders Ukraine’s Hiding

Kamenets Podolski, 2018. I Bet You Have No Idea How Many Wanders Ukraine’s Hiding

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#26 London, The U.k., 2017. Found A Starman

London, The U.k., 2017. Found A Starman

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#27 Kyiv, Far From The Madding Crowd.

Kyiv, Far From The Madding Crowd.

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#28 Never Look In The Camera's Eye If You Find Yourself In An Interesting Place.

Never Look In The Camera's Eye If You Find Yourself In An Interesting Place.

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#29 Again With Malta. This Is Me Looking At Life When I Feel All Dramatic

Again With Malta. This Is Me Looking At Life When I Feel All Dramatic

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