The Snowy Graveyards Where Soviet Subs and Planes Go to Die

Manuel Darcangelo

Caption: The only surviving prototype of VVA14, a vertical takeoff aircraft, at the Russian Air Force Museum outside Moscow.

Danila Tkachenko

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In the early 1970s, the Soviet Union built an amphibious airplane designed to skim the sea, searching for US nuclear submarines.

Tkachenko visited her in 2012, and started thinking about the tension between the promise of technology and the havoc it often wreaks.

He worked on the project each winter for three years, traveling more than 15,000 miles through Russia, Kazakhstan and Bulgaria.

I wanted to show the other side of progress and technology, Tkachenko says.

It s not always leading us to better future, but can also be a failure or bring destruction.

Manuel Darcangelo
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