The Bench With Myriads of Stories
One Ukrainian photographer has shot the same park bench for 10 years.
The Decade For A Bench
Yevhen Kotenko has spent a decade of his life on a single project, and it’s so intimate, it’ll make you feel things. Through his kitchen window,he has shot the same park bench for 10 years.
The Bench Has It All
The bench witnessed different shades in different people, strangers, friends, foes chatting.
While its paint changed, some things remained the same.
He told, “I didn’t give myself any time limits or goals, I just went to the kitchen and looked out the window.”
The Myriads of Emotions
“Usually there was something to see.”
Life Comes in different shades
Kotenko claimed he has fond memories of the neighborhood he grew up in, “there were a lot of bad things, too, that are better not to think about.”
The Dreadful Reality
“The worst thing was seeing people I went to school with drinking on this bench, then crawling home like reptiles. I was scared that if I went outside, I’d become one of them.” Kotenko said the subjects he captured were oblivious of his camera.
The Bonds Grew
Some people made bonds there while some waited for the right one to come.
A lot of emotions are related to this bench.
Some people came here to find solidarity and to calm themselves.
Discussing different issues over a cigarette.
And talked about millions of things
Friends discussing things while having beer.
The Weather Change
The bench remained strong even after so many weather change.
People warming themselves.
Cried Here, Slept Here
It’ll make you feel a lot of things.
Sitting In Solace
Everyone needs some solace time.
Too Many Emotions
With few words to describe.
The Project Display
His project had been on display at a Kyiv art pub until January 26 and received mixed reactions. “Some people laughed, others complained that I just focused on the alcoholics.”
And even though the photographer moved to another place in 2017, he will still be able to carry on with his work. “I only moved 1 kilometer down the road.” His parents still live in the apartment with the view.