"Unfinished Stories" is a project about Peressaare village in Estonia. These photos are shot over a year I worked on this project, which culminated with the exhibition at Tallinn Photo Museum (and later it was shown at ambulARToorium). Despite the effort that went into it, I somehow have a feeling it isn't up to my best work currently presented under the Stories section. Yet, I wanted it to live somewhere, so I'm publishing it here.
A Brief History of Peressaare
Peressaare is a village that was established in the woods of Alutaguse, (Ida-Virumaa, Estonia) during the Estonia's first period of independence in 1918-1940. People were given land and the government built houses that were rented to people for symbolic fee. During 1930s altogether over 130 households were established. There was a modern school with 170 students, railway station on the Sonda-Mustvee branch, two shops and a brick factory
All the houses were architected by first Estonian female architect Erika Nõva and were very similar to each other. The buildings followed practical and down-to-earth approach having peoples' living rooms, shed for threshing and barn all under the same roof. Many of the households also had saunas and other supplementary buildings, large orchards with many apple, pear and plum trees. The village was full of life.
After Soviet occupation in the beginning of World War II majority of the habitats of Peressaare were deported to Siberia. Some of them returned after war, but the village was not the same any more.
In 1964 the once modern school of Peressaare was closed due to lack of students.
In 1972 the railway branch where Peressaare station was located was closed.
According to 2000 census of population, 10 people were living in Peressaare. In 2011, only three were left.