Earlier this year I acquired a Kiev 6C from a dealer in the Ukraine. It’s the poorly regarded version of the 66, but mine seems to work well. When I received it, it contained a roll of exposed C41 film. I don’t have the chemicals to develop this, so I took it off to the friendly local camera store, Belle Arte on Ottawa Street. I was hoping for a roll of Soviet-vintage shots, but it seems to be much more recent.
The first photo was of the blurry interior of a mobile phone store.
The second? Half a laundry room, an apparent accidental shot, or a shot taken while spooling on the roll.
Then, man with a baby.
And a woman with a baby.
And then… a baby.
So, perhaps it wasn’t a bunch of Brezhnev’s holiday photos. But an interesting glimpse into life in another land.