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Photographer Spends 10 Years Photographing The Same Park Bench

Photographers who focus on an urban landmark for a photo series usually choose a landmark that either changes over time or is a hub for human activity, so they don't end up with a bunch of static photos of inanimate objects.

That's one of the reasons why Ukrainian photographer Yevhen Kotenko chose to photograph a nearby park bench for 10 years, well, that and the bench was easy to see and photograph from his kitchen window.

Yevhen began the series as a way to document his neighborhood but ended up learning many things about his neighbors and himself:

“I didn’t give myself any time limits or goals, I just went to the kitchen and looked out the window,” Kotenko told RFE/RL. “Usually there was something to see.” Although 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 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.

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