My name is Anton Burmistrov. I’m a graphic designer born in a country that no longer exists. I have worked at various agencies and eventually my own home-based studio. As soon as my career began to gain momentum, I decided to sell my things and travel the world.
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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, just like a Kitezh, — a mythological city beneath the waters of Lake Svetloyar (A form of Russian Atlantis). 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.
I aim to explore cultural differences and social diversity in the places I travel. Rather than just visiting tourist sites and sunny beaches, I travel to some bizarre corners of the world to uncover their occasionally social and politically-charged stories.
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.