Odessa is a Ukrainian city that used to be the Soviet Union's most important trade port and naval base. I actually learned that in school. Sadly, I've only recently been exposed to photographer Tchane Okuyan's intepretation of the city:
"Odessa resembles a huge beach party, or a big orgy," he says. "The nightclubs are near the sea, the alcohol is very cheap, the girls are beautiful and they'll fuck you for a few glasses of champagne. Fashion is non-existent in Odessa, as it's mostly run by naked people. Everybody says it's a dangerous city – and it is, especially because the cops are assholes – but we love it anyway."
See more of Tchane's work here.
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Bangkok / Venice Beach / Magaluf / London (part one) / London (part two) / Ayia Napa