The photographer Julie Poly was shooting the project for the whole year. She rode Ukrainian Railways trains of Eastern (Kharkiv) and Western (Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Truskavets, Koziatyn) directions, and also in the region of Kyiv (Fastiv, Darnytsa, Boryspil, Vinnytsia, Koziatyn). Ukrzaliznytsia fuses documentary photographs of the passengers (also still-lives of their lunches) and staged pictures kindly mimicking the same heroes. In the project, the boundaries between reality and fantasy erased. Among the protagonists are businesswomen from the capital, village gigolos, soldiers, students, and ladies in leopard garments. The project inspired by Julie Poly’s observations but also by her real experience: she graduated from a railway university in Kharkiv and spent a whole summer working as a conductor.
Role in the project:
Editing (selection of the images for the publication), visual concept