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.

“Das Regime und die Dandys” – book on russkii shanson

This summer I by coincidence saw that a book had been published about russkii shanson or blatnye pesni. Heard prominently on the streets of Russian cities this music has until now been academically neglected and this is to my knowledge the first monograph on the topic. Titled “Das Regime und die Dandys – Russische Gaunerchansons […]

Russia pictures

We spent August in St. Petersburg on vacation and took some pictures. For Nastia’s birthday we took a walk through the city: The Peter & Paul Fortress is where St. Petersburg was founded (and also a nice place to visit): Vyborg, founded by the Swedes, has belonged to Sweden, Russia, Finnland – and now Russia […]

My phd “Okna otkroi!” finally published

A revised version of my phd-dissertation with the title “‘Okna otkroi! – ‘Open the Windows!’ – Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in the St. Petersburg Music Scene” was published last week in the series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” edited by Andreas Umland. I am very honored to have a super foreword written by […]

Fontanka view

To compensate for last week’s snow in Mannheim (which is already gone.. ;-)) here is a view of the Fontanka canal in St. Petersbug. The picture was inspired by the cover of Billy’s Band album “Парижские Сезоны” and taken in August with my 20-35mm 2.8 attached to my D700.

Russian mailboxes – gallery

After the photoblogseries of Russian mailboxes here’s a gallery and a rapid summary of the mailboxes. The predominant part of the pictures were taken during a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg (and I hope to do a blog post on that trip in the not so distant future). The first stop was Uglich […]

Mailbox (Piter – 2)

And for the – at least for now – final Russian mailbox. This one provides yet another mailbox form-factor.

Mailbox (Piter – 1)

Back in St. Petersburg this mailbox provides an example of the standard design. Note that the logo still is the Soviet hammer and sickle.

The Streets of St. Petersburg

During my last visit to St. Petersburg the weather was so nice (and hot…) that I managed to spend two days shooting what I like the most – street details and concert announcements. 😉 Here are the results:

Russian mailbox (Goritsy – 2)

Goritsy had two different kinds of mailboxes and here is a picture of the other one (this one being in form similar to the one in Uglich).