Mailbox (Piter-4)

While walking through St. Petersburg I also came across this mailbox which seems to be the new mailbox standard except for stating that it is not part of the Russian postal service. 😉 Taken with my Nikon FE and Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AI on Kodak TriX.

Пискарёвское Кладбище

While looking for Arkadii Severnii’s grave we also visited the Piskariovskoe kladbishche. Besides the mass graves commemorating the deaths of civilians and soldiers who died in Leningrad there is also a small cemetery for the people who lived in the area. This grave is from that part of the cemetery. Taken with my D700 and […]

400 years Romanov dynasty

Russia has since the fall of the Soviet Union been reconfiguring their nation building. One aspect has been to re-embrace the Romanov dynasty as this billboard commemorating 400 years of the Romanovs shows. Taken during my morning jog with my Canon S95.

Mailbox (Piter – 3)

While in St. Petersburg I saw another version of a Russian mailbox – this one was located in New Holland. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 20-35mm 2.8.

Severnii’s grave

Another musician who passed away at an early age is Arkadii Severnii (aka as Arkadii Zvezdin – 1939-1980) – an influential performer within what has become known as the russkii shanson tradition (Uli Hufen wrote a good book on russkii shanson with a long chapter on Severnyi – my mini review of the book is on […]

Gorsheniov’s grave

While visiting Tsoi’s grave I also passed the grave of the recently deceased Mikhail “Gorshok” Gorsheniov (1973–2013) who passed away a month before my visit to the cemetery. He was the vocalist of the St. Petersburg based band “Korol’ i Shut”, one of the big Post-Soviet bands. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 20-35mm 2.8.

Tsoi’s grave

One of the disadvantages of doing research on Post-Soviet popular music (as well as with musicians in general) is that a lot of central musicians died (and still die) at a young age – like Viktor Tsoi (1962-1990), the vocalist of the Soviet group Kino. Tsoi, however, remains in the memory of his fans – […]

Warning, squirrels

While out at the Центральный парк культуры и отдыха имени С.М. Кирова last Saturday a sign at the park entrance warned us of the ferocious squirrels. We saw squirrels in abundance, however they seemed to be quite tame. 😉 Picture taken with my Canon S95.

Спасибо деду за победу!

World War II still retains a central place in Post-Soviet life – like this slogan on the back of a Ford in St. Petersburg: “Spasibo dedu za pobedu” (Thank you Grandpa for the victory). Taken with my D700 and Nikon 50mm 1.8

St. Petersburg church

While going through my negatives last week I also came across a roll of film from St. Petersburg which I had somehow forgotten. One of the pictures on the roll was a church I used to pass by every day. Taken with my Rolleiflex 2.8 F on Ilford Delta 400.

Pussy Riot Concert

While in Berlin last month I passed by this poster for a concert in support of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Taken with my Canon S95. For more Berlin pictures check out

The three billy goats gruff?

While relaxing at a dacha outside of Samara last summer I passed by this half-abandoned house inhabited by these three billy goats. Taken with my D700 and Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens.