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This project concerns Post-Soviet community in Brighton Beach, New York. Little Odessa is as much a state of mind as a location on a map. It is stuck between two worlds; a place of ceaseless nostalgic fantasy of countries left behind. It was in Brighton Beach during the 70's that Soviet immigrants forged a common bond through language and pop culture; guarding an identity that prevents them from adapting to their new world. Cultural similarities echo in everything the locals do and say - from what they eat and wear, to how they socialize and worship. However, as the younger generations living in Little Odessa assimilate and the older generations pass away, this microcosm of Post-Soviet culture is both changing and disappearing. I have documented this community for the past year, and I hope that these photographs will serve as a valuable record of early-21st-century life in this vibrant neighborhood.