Tag Archives: Russia

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.
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An antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and now lie dormant.
Imposing hulks of metal and granite built under the Soviet Union appear otherwordly against blank snowscapes.
The relics are alien – more like something out of Star Wars, than modern-day Russia
See more Images via Wreckage in the snow: Russia’s forgotten future – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

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 book.
Source: Soviet Bus Stops: Surreal Architectural Roadside Wonders | Urbanist

‘Artmossphere’ in Moscow.

artmosphere25The 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.
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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 (USA), Sat One (Germany), Elian (Argentina), Hyuro (Spain), 2501 (Italy), Nicolas Barrome (France) and Erosie (Netherlands) while Spanish artist Okuda will introduce а 4-meter sculpture at Muzeon Art Park.
In addition to the big art show, murals and public art objects, the show includes a retrospective of American photojournalist Martha Cooper, devoted to the history of graffiti and street culture.
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Photo credit: Seqret.
via Showing: Artmossphere, Street Art Biennale (Moscow) « Arrested Motion.

Walking in the Rain, St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg-based Russian photographer Gordeev captures delicate cityscape scenes by taking his photos in the rain.

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Flowing rain drops blur the colors and diffuse light, resulting in photos that have a strong resemblance to Impressionist oil paintings.

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Though the series mostly features Russia’s St. Petersburg and its widely recognized landmarks.

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Nothing gloomy about the rain here, just pure Russian romance!
See more images via Rainy Russian Street Photography Looks Like Oil Paintings | Bored Panda

‘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.

rusThe 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, and on the side of roads.
As with many of the other fittings associated with the USSR, playground accessories were usually produced en masse at large manufacturing plants.
As a result, there was a tendency for these to follow repetitive patterns and designs: with playgrounds and parks from Eastern Europe to Russia’s Pacific Coast often featuring identical sets of swings and seesaws, rockets and roundabouts, bridges and monkey bars.
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Read the full fascinating article via The Essential Guide to Soviet Playgrounds: Fun & Games in the USSR | Atlas Obscura.

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 British historian who worked for the British Museum, and a polyglot who could reportedly speak over twenty languages fluently.
He famously taught himself Hungarian in order that he could read the works of Mór Jókai in the original after first reading him in German, going on to become the most prolific translator into English from Hungarian in the nineteenth century.
Source: Russian Fairytales (1915) | The Public Domain Review

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 | UK news | The Guardian

Rainy Streets in Saint Petersburg.

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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.
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Though the series mostly features Russia’s St. Petersburg and its widely recognized landmarks, some captivating shots from Lisbon can be found there as well.
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Nothing gloomy about the rain here, just pure Russian romance!
More info: nau.35.photo.ru (h/t: mymodernmet)
See more images via Rainy Russian Street Photography Looks Like Oil Paintings | Bored Panda

‘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 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Source: Wildlife photographer of the year: Lumix people’s choice shortlist 2019 – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian