Category Archives: Russia

Three from Russia

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Northern Russia 2009 Flowers set on a window sill in a tiny home…the subject is ordinary. Nothing is happening yet I relate to the person who wanted flowers to brighten their home. On a photographic level, the blacks are rich … Continue reading

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Enduring Faith

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Moscow 2009 Russia: an elderly woman reads her holy book, her head wrapped in a kerchief, her glasses falling from her face, her worn hands caressing the pages. How many times in her life has she sought consolation and inspiration … Continue reading

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Last Days of the Soviet Union

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Siberia 1989 Russians walk past an old wooden house. It was a time of upheaval in the USSR…Perestroika was in the air. Everywhere people listened to television waiting to hear the news about their future.

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The Artist

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St. Petersburg  2009 He was absorbed in his work painting the landmarks of St. Petersburg for tourists.

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Russian Fortress of St. Peter and Paul

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St. Petersburg, Russia Another view from the bus window as we waited for the light to change. The bridge support seems to loom rather threateningly over the scene. I enhanced this with a vignette of black but made sure to keep … Continue reading

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Fortress on the Neva

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St. Petersberg, Russia Another shot from the tour bus window. But with Photoshop, I can make it look as if I were standing on the bridge as another day dawns. I used Nik filters and Alien Skin’s Exposure X. I … Continue reading

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Naive

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Arbat Street, Moscow, Russia 2009 A slender young man is intrigued by what is on offer on Arbat Street. This is high contrast print. My blacks went too dark and I couldn’t emphasize her high heeled shoes the way I … Continue reading

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Stalin vs. Dracula

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Tbilisi,  Georgia 2016 Stalin was born in the town of Gori, Georgia. He attended an Orthodox Seminary in Tbilisi which I walked past several times. On our way to the Caucasus Mountains, we ate lunch in the village of Gori, Stalin’s … Continue reading

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Dinner in Turkistan

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Turkistan 2016 A Kazakh woman serves tea from a samovar at the end of a delightful meal in her home. The influence of Russia, which has had a presence in Kazakhstan since the 14th century, is evident in the woman’s clothing … Continue reading

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The Ends of the Earth

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  Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan 2016 An abandoned observatory, built by the Soviets, is wreathed by razor wire.  Does it remind you of the Doomsday feeling that the cold war brought to both the U.S.A and the Soviet Union? That is … Continue reading

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