Is it possible to shoot a train in the post-Soviet space as a lyrical story?
Julie Paulie did it. She made artistic name by filming youth culture in Ukraine, but she also worked on the railways as a conductor during her student holidays. So she knows the train from the inside. She checked tickets, served tea and handed out sheets.
Julie Poly worked on the Ukrzaliznytsia project for almost two years. The book includes both: documentary photographs of train decorations and staged photographs of models representing typical passengers of the Ukrainian railway. Julie Poly calls this approach 'pseudo-documentary' because the inspiration for the staged photographs has come from real people and situations. The 'passengers' include: soldiers, business women, gigolo, and sport athletes, mostly girls, on their way to sport competition.