Russian photographer documents the unique character of St. Petersburg like never before
A photographer has shared a series of stunning images that highlight the unique beauty, charisma and charm of St. Petersburg like never before.
The images were taken by Alexander Petrosyan, a professional photographer native to the city. Alexander began shooting in 2000, experimenting with a range of dynamic ways of portraying his subjects, paying close attention to the range of different sites, characters, and aspects of life around the city. The series showcases the beautiful, the absurd, the humorous, the shabby and the decadent, as well as featuring a range of iconic buildings and locations.
Alexander’s familiarity with the city is what allows him to document it in such a unique and personal way, creating an all-encompassing account that he feels may be difficult for tourists to capture in a shorter period of time. “It is hard for someone who spends only a few days in an unfamiliar city to create something deeper than a quick acquaintance with the sights. Exceptions are possible if you’re lucky though, and you can always get to the epicentre of events or find unique light and weather conditions. The main thing is to try to get away from stereotypes and clichés. I try not to shoot just beautiful views, because they have been captured by millions of other people,” Alexander told Lonely Planet Travel News.
Alexander’s work has won multiple awards, including the St. Petersburg Award for Photographer of the Year for two consecutive years, as well as the Grand Prix prize fund of photojournalism in the daily life category. While St. Petersburg holds a special place in his heart, Alexander loves the opportunity to document other places also. “I’m interested in everywhere, wherever fate brings me. Generally speaking, it’s not important where, but how. The most important thing it to take pictures sincerely,” Alexander said. More of Alexander’s work is available on his website and Instagram.
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