Exposing another side of Sochi
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Exposing another side of Sochi

Turn on your local news or any sports network this week and you're likely to see Sochi, Russia. Hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi has absorbed an influx of athletes, fans and media for two weeks of competition. What isn't apparent from the coverage is what Sochi looks most of the rest of the year - a seaside, summer resort town. 

Since 2007 photographer Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen have been documenting Sochi as they saw it change from quiet summer getaway to a world stage. Hornstra's photos show a Sochi that's different from the version the rest of the world has seen during the winter games. Take a look at a different Sochi, as seen through Hornstra's lens in our gallery. 

(Above) A view on the beach near Adlersky Kurortny Gorodok in Adler, a district of Sochi. ©Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery