Russia: Bogoslovsk, 1905

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Returning to Bogoslovsk in 1905, also in late summer and early fall, Shockley seems to have passed through Alaska or Seattle, Washington, visiting Frank Ballaine, a transportation entrepreneur, his brother John Ballaine, and their families, who appear in a set of images in this series. He also photographed several scenes in Moscow, including the university.

Shockley stayed in Bogoslovsk, again photographing friends and families there, and then traveled very long distances by various means in remote areas of the Urals, passing through Nizhnyaya Tura, and the town of Cheli︠a︡binsk. Along the way he documented railway stations, small settlements, dwellings and their inhabitants, markets, and mining and dredging operations along the Vizhaĭ, Lovza, and Ivdell rivers. There he also photographed indigenous Khanty (Ostiaks), ethnic Tatars, and backcountry hunters and settlers, often in their camps. There are many images of Shockley's own travel party and the troikas, pack animals, and ferries they used in their travels. Only once does he refer to the political instability in Russia, where he documented a large group of railway strikers "discussing situation."

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