The last motif leads over to the next series. If these images idealized Moscow as a well-arranged flower garden, the series by Valkorn rather follows a “flower on the ruin” ideal, much more characteristic of contemporary Russian photographers, which in the midst of devastation still tries to find the traces of a former beauty.
“We run a merry erotic room”
A third kind of the ideal city is when destruction itself becomes cozy and a source of beauty; to follow the horticultural metaphor, like some unique and marvelous underground vegetation. The photographer is afraid lest this should disappear as well, because then the impersonal and megalomaniac building blocks of the all-devouring construction business will occupy their place.