Saint Olga, Mass Murderer.

dscn08521When Princess Olga’s husband, Igor, was murdered by the Drevlyans (an Eastern Slavic tribe), she took over the rule of Kiev and the surrounding provinces.
The Drevlyans didn’t quite fancy having a female ruler, so they sent Olga a bunch of suitors to win her hand. She had slightly different ideas.
The suitors were carried by boat to the courtyard of her castle, and then dumped into a giant hole where they were buried alive.
That’s one way to say ‘nope, not marrying you’, thats for sure! Olga still felt like she had to keep up appearances with the Drevlyans, so she organised a little tete-a-tete.
Once all her Drevlyan guests had arrived, the doors to the venue were barred, and the building burnt to a crisp.
But, Olga didn’t want to appear crass. She held a memorial for the victims of the fire.
But lo and behold, once the Drevlyan guests had arrived, Olga ordered her royal guard to kill all 5,000 of them.
The Drevlyans had started to see the error of their ways, and asked Olga for forgiveness.
Being a compassionate woman, Olga asked the Drevlyans to send her three pigeons and three sparrows from each home in their capital city, as a peace offering.
Once the birds arrived, Olga had hot coals tied to their legs and sent the birds back home.
Safe to say, the city burnt to the ground and any survivors were enslaved or murdered by Olga’s army.
And after all that murder…
Olga is still recognised as a Saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
via Historical Honey

Cold snaps in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.

Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia, is one of the world’s coldest cities; temperatures in January average -40C.
Image Credit: Photographs by Alex Vasyliev.
Alex Vasyliev started photographing his cold and isolated home town to stave off tedium. “I did not always want to shoot here. Yakutsk seemed unbearably boring and ugly to me. But in this boredom and unattractiveness, I find charm,” he says.

“I like to shoot things that others criticise – ugly streets, parking lots, gas stations, old playgrounds, ordinary people.”
The region’s icy conditions feature heavily in his work, which captures the harsh reality of life so far below zero.

“Russia is a completely different world. Local people are accustomed to such conditions, but living in the winter is hard here,” he says. “Cold steals our energy. Life stops.”
See more images via Source: Cold snaps: the Siberian city of Yakutsk – in pictures | Art and design | 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)
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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

18 yo Sasha Dudkina Wins EyeEm Photographer of the Year 2017.

Main image: Courtesy of EyeEm Photographer of the Year 2017, eighteen year old Sasha Dudkina from Moscow, Russia.
Creative community EyeEm has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, which received over 590,000 submissions from more than 88,000 photographers in over 150 countries in just under six weeks – making it the world’s largest photography competition.
The six category winners and 2017 EyeEm Photographer of the Year were revealed during the fourth annual EyeEm Photography Festival and Awards in Berlin
The six category winners can be seen by clicking The Creative Boom Link below:
“The EyeEm Awards aim to discover and showcase new talents from around the world,” said Madeline Dudley-Yates, lead curator for the Awards.
“We always look for images that tell strong stories above anything else, and this year’s finalists were all rich with an incredible variety of stories and concepts.
Source: Creative community EyeEm announces its 2017 photography award winners | Creative Boom