Emin Mathers
Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku
Emin Mathers
Ongoing Project

On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, you can see the newly built glass skyscrapers in the bright light of the coastal center of the city, as if portending future innovations of Bayil.

Construction on the territory assigned to the Maritime Department began in 1858 and in a short time the general contours of the admiralty and the port began to emerge, as well as the shape of the quarters built directly outside the military settlement. This marked the beginning of the formation of an independent military-administrative and residential area of the city. The layout of Bayil was formed with its main parts – the port with the admiralty, the administrative-public zone and the residential territory with officer and sailor quarters.

This area interested me with its way of life and the atmosphere of the 80s-90s. There were still small courtyard groceries, taxi-escalators operating mainly in the Bayil, taking residents along steep streets on the hillsides. On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, which is a symbol of the future, you can see the newly built glass skyscrapers in the bright light of the coastal center of the city, as if portending future innovations of Bayil.

Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku / Ongoing Project by Emin Mathers

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