Wednesday, 30 June 2010


A few photos from Priekule in West Latvia. In Soviet times due to rail network and Soviet army base the town was dynamic but now there's nothing much to do there. The second and third photo is of a local hospital, the last one - cloth shop.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 29 June 2010


This is a Soviet time decoration on an apartment block in Ulbroka near Riga. It says PMK in the middle of it.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus

Monday, 28 June 2010


Floods, apartment blocks of New Belgrade, Tito's museum, flea market, cathedral of Saint Sava and other places from Belgrade in early June.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Friday, 18 June 2010

Trainer and sweeper

You don't see these kind of trams too often in Riga. The first one is a training tram, the second - a track sweeper.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Flash-mob in Riga

Last Thursday about 60 people, mostly photographers and twitterists gathered in a flash-mob around the construction site Tango on Dzirnavu street in Riga. The flash-mob was my initiative to stand for photographer's rights to take photos in public without fear of being assaulted by security forces. Two days earlier I was assaulted by security guards from Ave Lat sargs company that guard the construction site, the incident was reported to local media but the statement issued by security company a day later stated that it was my own fault and I was accused on spying, while psychical assault was not mentioned at all. So I organized a flash-mob on the same spot where I had my incident. People were taking photos of everything around (of course, mostly of the construction site) for 10 minutes in order not just to raise awareness to my incident but for all photographers and people with cameras who have been assaulted. The flash-mob was covered my almost all Latvian media, such as (click on names to view more photos) Diena, NRA, Delfi, TVNet, LETA, FotOblog and many others, as well as lots of photos were circulating around Twitter under hashtag #Tango.
Photo by (c) Arnis Balcus