As an unconventional travel resource Train to Kitezh aims to explore cultural differences and social diversity. Rather than just visiting tourist sites and sunny beaches, Train to Kitezh travels to some bizarre corners of the world to uncover their occasionally social and politically-charged stories.
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Train to Kitezh doesn’t offer ultimate travel guides, itinerary advice, ideas for creating “unforgettable experiences” and aspirational lifestyle. Train to Kitezh is completely independent and unaffiliated.
Train to Kitezh is also a photography project, a month or more is spent in each country and photographs selected and presented as photo essay.
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My name is Anton Burmistrov. I’m a graphic designer born in a country that no longer exists. I have worked at various London agencies and eventually my own home-based studio. However, as soon as my career began to gain momentum, I decided to sell my things and leave London to travel the world.
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Kitezh is a mythological city beneath the waters of Lake Svetloyar (Russian Atlantis).My worldview was formed by Soviet atlases, the Discovery Channel and the NatGeo magazine. Before travel, I drew in my head wild places, people and their cultures. Unexpected places. For me these ideas were unknown, mysterious. And when I set off, all my dreams burst in a second like a soap bubble. The world was not the same as it was shown by the publishers and bloggers. More precisely, their interpretation was framed — cut out of context, narrowed. Train to Kitezh is some kind of incarnation of my disappointment, a train that runs to a mysterious city that does not exist, and the reality is far more sadder.
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