Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia

Project Terra is my “alter ego”, and is written under the pseudonym Ilya Fostiy. Some stories I have translated into English.

My interview on “Radio of Russia” (you can use Google Translator) about my book. August 2015.



Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia.

Sam’s turn in the line had finally come.

Have a seat Mr. Lloyd, uttered the nurse and pointed to the armchair.

Sam sat.

Ok.., all documents are ready… just needing your final approval… your final agreement, – and the nurse gave Sam the pad where he had to put his “signature”. Sam touched the necessary part with his thumb.

Follow me, – said the nurse and pointed to the room.

Sam lay down on a special bed.

Sweet dreams, – wished the nurse and closed the door.

Sam woke up in two hours. He felt wonderfully restored.

The reason Sam came to Doctor Jackson’s Clinic was similar to thousands of others. People who could not accept the loss of a loved one, or those who wanted to erase negative episodes from their memory visited similar clinics.

At the end of the XXI century, the ability and technology to rub out one’s memory was as easy as deleting a useless file from a computer.

These type of “surgeries” were relatively inexpensive, and almost everybody could afford them.

His two year relationship with Elizabeth was a wondrous part of his life, and following her unexpected departure, Sam’s feelings for Elizabeth grew into an obsession. Standard therapy brought no result and Sam made up his mind to “delete harmful files”.

The files have been deleted. Blessed relief from the pain of loss.

The irony was that it was his third visit to Doctor Jackson’s clinic. As well as the attending nurse did not know that she was obliged to Sam to her current work. She came in here five years ago when she could no longer tolerate her loss of Sam and had her memory erased, and then later decided to take this job.

By the end of the XXI century the border between reality and fantasy was almost gone.

Some 10-15 years earlier the reasons to appeal to similar establishments had to have very serious grounds for approval, and were strictly regulated by The Council of Doctors.

Today any reason was sufficient to qualify for the «treatment». Just pay!

“Memory correction” has become as readily available as buying Aspirin in a drug store.

Mankind was standing on the threshold of Chaos. The Chaos whose name was Collective Amnesia.

Watch what you wish for!

You might get it!


Phoneography. Part One. 15 images taken with Microsoft Lumia 550

Each day I take dozens of photos with my camera phone. I call these photos “hyperlinks” or “screenshots of the universe”. Main subjects: food, vodka, sunlight on the surface, abstractions, pareidolia. Below are 15 images which I would like to share in my first part of Phoneography.

1. June 19, 2016. Walking through the park. Belgorod, Russia.

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2. May 23, 2016. At my paratrooper friend’s kitchen.

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Meet Mr. Undersnag

Idea & drawing: Alex Markovich.

Photo taken with Microsoft Lumia 550.

July 28, 2016.

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Summer House – processed with Prisma app

By Alex Markovich.

About Prisma app:

“Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art”.


Artist at work

Photo: Alex Markovich.

Camera: Microsoft Lumia 550.

July 27, 2016.

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Lonely Boat – processed with Prisma app

By Alex Markovich.

About Prisma app:

“Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art”.


The original image:

The original image in black-and-white:

Abstract Mood #6

Photo: Alex Markovich.

Camera: SONY SLT-A55V.

October 4, 2014.



By Alex Markovich.


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My favourite pictures. Part Two

Part One.


Look, understand what time is. Unless you know the nature of time, you will not understand the nature of phenomena. What happens is that one takes time for granted and then proceeds to build all kinds of concepts. If you are going to build, should you not see what your foundation is like? Time and space go together. Why are you able to cognize things? Because you see them. Would you have been able to see things if they had no form? You see things because they have form, volume, because they are extended into space. Let us go a step further: If things were seen in space for a split-second only, would you be able to perceive them? You perceive things, only because they are extended into space for a certain duration (time), and the forms remain long enough before you to enable you to perceive them. If there were no concepts of time and space (time and space themselves are obviously not objects), ‘things’ would not be perceptible and things would not be ‘things’. If there were no space-time (no past, present, and future), how could there have been any phenomena, any events? Please try to understand that both phenomena and time are merely concepts and have no existence of their own: Whatever things are seen, or thought of, are merely images conceived in consciousness, the supposed actuality of which is as ‘real’ as a dream or a mirage. Now do you understand what I mean when I say that all phenomenality is the child of a barren woman?

How can the scientists do it with their puny minds? They may conceive ‘unlimited space’ and ‘unlimited time’, but can they conceive the very absence of space and time? It is impossible because that which conceives, in its conception, cannot conceive the conceiving. Would it be possible for the eye to see its own seeing? Can the fire burn itself? Can water understand thirst? If you can grasp the significance of what l have said, you will cease looking at ‘things’ against the fixed background of time; you will cease searching for truth through the medium of your proud intellect. Indeed, you will realize that the very effort of searching is an obstruction because the instrument with which you will be searching is a divided mind, a conceptual subject seeking a conceptual object. When you realize this, you will stop searching and let the impersonal consciousness take over. And then, when the impersonal consciousness lets you in on the mystery of its own source, you will know that there is no ‘you’ or ‘me’, but only ‘I’, the essential subjectivity; that ‘things’ have no substance and, therefore, a phenomenon is the child of a barren woman; and, finally, that ‘I’ am intemporality, infinity!

Nisargadatta Maharaj

All the images we take are just screenshots of the universe (or better to say screenshots of OUR VERY BEING) – what we were able to perceive at THAT GIVEN MOMENT. Below are ten images which personify the role that hyperlinks and screenshots play in my life as a photographer.

Camera: NOKIA LUMIA 1020.

1. August 2015.


2. July 2015.

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Contemplative Photography – Sunlight on the Surface

Photo: Alex Markovich.

Photos taken within 2013-2014.