You actually feel a lot less self-conscious after sitting around a fire made in daytime drinking balzams and tea. Local kids are more interested in poking with sticks at hot potatoes.
While in the small shop buying oranges they were saying,
"ah so now it is like Scotland around here... " "Scotland.. ach that is nothing.. the other day I was in Denmark.. you know the Prince got married there" "really.." "didnt you see the photographs?"
You are taken to the local award-winning photographer who has had a studio since Soviet 1952. Vasilij Borjajev with his wife Dina were the only official photographers allowed within the closed city. Now people travel all the way from Riga after their wedding, instead of straight to their honeymoon.
| Foto Mākslas Salons |
You feel awkward posing in front of the large screen of sea framed. What to do with your hands? Look proud. Imagine the view across the hills?
A stratigraph of wedding photographs, together, together, apart. Stories piled up on the table. And Russian flows interweaved into English translation for your ears.