Abandoned in the Snow, former USSR.

The world’s largest diesel submarine. All photographs: Danila Tkachenko. The photographer Danila Tkachenko is drawn to places that were once at the forefront of technological progress, but now lie in ruin. An antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were […]

Roadside Wonders of the Soviet by Herwig.

Standing stark against silent desert backdrops like sculptures made for Burning Man, these leftover Soviet structures are actually bus stops scattered throughout one of the most sparsely populated regions on Earth. Photographer Christopher Herwig followed bus routes from Estonia to Armenia to photograph odd little roadside shelters in former Soviet satellite states for a new […]

‘Artmossphere’ in Moscow.

The Artplay Design Center in Moscow was the host to the opening of the Artmossphere Street Art Biennale. This is the first event like this in Russia. The exhibition included an indoor portion, presenting work and installations by participating artists, as well as outdoor murals created especially for this event. These are painted by Momo […]

Walking in the Rain, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg-based Russian photographer Gordeev captures delicate cityscape scenes by taking his photos in the rain. Flowing rain drops blur the colors and diffuse light, resulting in photos that have a strong resemblance to Impressionist oil paintings. Though the series mostly features Russia’s St. Petersburg and its widely recognized landmarks. Nothing gloomy about the rain […]

‘Flyboarding’ in the Crimea.

A man practices flyboarding near the village of Olenevka, Crimea, in August, 2017. Image Credit: Photograph by Pavel Rebrov / Reuters Source: Photos of the Week: 8/5–8/11 – The Atlantic

Fun and Games in the USSR.

The Pripyat Ferris Wheel (photograph by Alexandra Jade Flintoff) Children’s playgrounds were prolific in the USSR. They formed an integral part of the urban landscape, and by the 1970s and 80s these basic metal affairs appeared in almost every park across many of the larger Soviet cities. They were built outside schools, beneath church towers, […]

Russian Fairytales, trans. Robert Bain (1915).

Russian fairy tales from the Russian of Polevoi, by R. Nisbet Bain, illustrated by Noel L. Nisbet; 1915; Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York. A collection of Russian fairytales translated from the Russian of Nikolai Polevoy, a notable editor, writer, translator in the early 19th century. The translations were made by Robert Nisbet Bain, a […]

Black and White Coffee Shop, Russia.

St. Petersburg, Russia The interior of the first black-and-white coffee shop to open in Russia and in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg looks drawn, but the effect was achieved by the creators using white paint and black lines’ Image Credit: Photograph by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA Source: Ghost ships and Salisbury lights: Wednesday’s best photos | […]

Rainy Streets in Saint Petersburg.

St. Petersburg-based Russian photographer Eduard Gordeev captures delicate cityscape scenes by taking photos in the rain. Flowing rain drops blur the colors and diffuse light, resulting in photos that have a strong resemblance to Impressionist oil paintings. Though the series mostly features Russia’s St. Petersburg and its widely recognized landmarks, some captivating shots from Lisbon […]

‘Winters Tale’ by Valeriy Maleev.

Winter’s Tale by Valeriy Maleev (Russia) Maleev spotted this Pallas’s cat while it was hunting in the Mongolian grasslands. It was bitterly cold day but the fairytale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects Image Credit: Photograph: Valeriy Maleev/2019 […]