Photographer Andres Gallardo Albajar trains his camera on the retro apartment blocks of Tallinn for his series, Not an Ordinary Day in Lasnamäe. Focusing on the Estonian capital’s most populace neighborhood, Albajar found an area in which the fruits of the Soviet building boom between the 1970s and 1990s were still evident, with pre-fabricated concrete apartment blocks ruling the cityscape.
Following Estonia’s independence in 1991, this district ground to a standstill with little investment in infrastructure arriving in the next three decades, leaving the buildings a snapshot of the somewhat glorified architectural period. The area is currently undergoing a wave of investment and the landscape is changing, which makes Albajar’s series all the more precious. A self-taught photographer, Albajar shot the series in the spring, where despite the season, temperatures lingered between -2degrees and -11degrees, making sure of plenty of snowfall. See more of his work on his site and on Instagram.
Images © Andres Gallardo Albajar