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Tuesday, February 10, 2021

I sure as hell don’t agree with the “Why We Love Winter” sentiment that accompanied the above photo (never have been a fan of the bone-chilling cold). But I like the picture itself, taken by news photog Vyacheslav Oseledko, very much.

The photographic subject is a young goaltender in Kyrgyzstan, sporting a homemade mask as he competed in the country’s amateur hockey championships last month. The mask is not only reminiscent of the oldschool “birdcage” style protective mesh — it looks as though it really might have been crafted from an actual metal cage. Speaks of the standard of living in this largely rural Central Asian country.

And remember, this is Kyrgyzstan, not its larger and better-known neighbor Kazakhstan. Even the NYT Web editor couldn’t keep it straight, as the original image file was incorrectly tagged as “kazakhmask533.jpg”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/10/2021 01:14 PM
Category: Hockey, Photography
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