Fontanka view

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.

Mailbox - Goritsy

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…Continue reading Russian mailboxes – gallery

Russian mailbox (Piter 2)

Mailbox (Piter – 2)

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

Russian mailbox

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.

Mailbox - Kizhi

Russian mailbox (Kizhi)

The charming island of Kizhi featured yet another mailbox design.

Mailbox - Goritsy

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).

Russian mailbox - Goritsy

Russian mailbox (Goritsy – 1)

Continuing the series of Russian mailboxes is a mailbox from the village Goritsy.

Russian mailbox - Uglich

Russian mailbox (Uglich)

While living in Russia I was struck by the fact that the Russian postal service used different mailboxes and I decided to take a picture of some of them. This one was taken in Uglich while on a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

NY Times Saturday Profile features DDT’s Iurii Shevchuk

Today’s New York Times featured a Saturday Profile on DDT’s vocalist (and leader) Iurii Shevchuk titled “A Star Keeps Rocking in the Not-So-Free World“. The article gives a short summary of Shevchuck’s biography and primarily deals with his questioning of the current regime as well as the recent question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on May…Continue reading NY Times Saturday Profile features DDT’s Iurii Shevchuk

Article on Reggae, Ska and Ska-punk in St. Petersburg published on Norient

My article My reggery – Reggae, Ska and Ska-punk in St. Petersburg discussing ska, ska-punk and reggae in St. Petersburg was just published on 🙂


Good Bye, Leningrad

After the special issue of Popular Music and Society on post-soviet popular music was published I was contacted by the movie director and photographer Christine Bachmann who asked if I had heard of the movie “Good Bye, Leningrad” – which I had not. After some technical complications I finally got a review copy of the…Continue reading Good Bye, Leningrad

Popular Music and Society on Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space

A happy summer announcement: The journal “Popular Music and Society” (32:3 2009) titled “Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space: Trends, Movements, and Social Contexts” of which Yngvar Steinholt and I were guest editors is now out. Concluding about two years of editorial work (and a lot of really interesting submissions) the journal includes the following…Continue reading Popular Music and Society on Popular Music in the Post-Soviet Space