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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more...]

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Sasha Unisex Will Make You Want All of Her Colorful Tattoos

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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I’ll admit it, I’m a tattoo virgin – but if I was going to get inked, I’d want my first date to be with Sasha Unisex. Her painterly tattoos are colorful and filled with imaginatively hued animal life that convey a load of emotion. When I say painterly I mean it too – before putting her work on skin, she does a precise watercolor of her design, getting all the details right before making it permanent. [Read more...]

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Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

Monday 02.03.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Frank Herfort had one mission when he embarked on a 15,000 mile road-trip tour of post-USSR countries: to capture the most bizarre architecture in the land. After the Soviet Union fell, many cities previously under communist rule began to build grandiose, colorful structures – many with the intention to impress and symbolize a new day. Herfort traveled from Moscow to the Russian/Chinese border on the eastern side and everywhere in between. [Read more...]

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The Last Supper: Clever Illustrations That Perfectly Utilize the Book Crease

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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Every time you look through this series of illustrations by Nataliya you will discover more details to make you smile. The Russian artist gives us a peek into her creative mind with these twisted drawings that she collectively calls The Last Supper. The series features several animals, including some humans, sitting down to dinner. The coolest part about each picture is that Nataliya used the crease of her drawing book to give more dimension to the drawings, so that when the book is open, it looks like the kooky characters are sitting at a table. [Read more...]

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Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity. [Read more...]

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Personal Portraits of Parents-to-Be Sleeping As they Wait for Baby

Saturday 09.28.2013 , Posted by

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While scrolling the feed on Facebook, trends among your friends become very clear. For many of us, after the red solo cup phase came the wedding phase, and naturally the heart hands around the pregnant belly button were the next big feed filler. Russian photographer Jana Romanova reached the point where many of her friends were entering this new chapter of life and she tells Slate, “It was a challenge for me to get used to it. I always try to solve my problems with photography, so I decided to make a project about it.” She asked her closest friends if she could sleep over their houses to capture their intimate pre-baby sleeping styles while they were actually asleep, so the results were natural and un-embellished, and called the project Waiting. As you can see the results were beautiful. [Read more...]

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10 Spectacular Wooden Churches From Russia

Wednesday 09.11.2013 , Posted by

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In Mother Russia, wood is an important resource for survival and life… well, at least in the old days that is. For over a thousand years, almost everything was made from the strong trees in the country. These included houses, mills, barns, palaces, plows, carts and churches. Up until the 18th century, many beautiful domed structures were designed and built in the country, with The Russian Orthodox Churches being particularly beautiful. To cap it off? They were all built without hammer and nails. [Read more...]

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Fiery Cauldrons: Recent Lava Flows in Eastern Russia

Monday 04.29.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not everyday one gets a chance to be close to volcanic lava and photograph its powerful flow… but in the eastern part of Russia, a volcano is providing that opportunity after awakening from a 36 year dormant period on November 27. The fiery mountain is called Plosky Tolbachik and has been shooting lava from two fissures, creating flows which have already destroyed a few buildings – including a research base, a seismology center and the base of a national park. [Read more...]

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A Russian Museum of Architecture’s Smart Ad Campaign

Friday 04.05.2013 , Posted by

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With the smart tag line “Discover the Full Story,” the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow recently released a seriously slick advertising campaign. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi Russia, it sees historic Russian buildings extending far into the ground as if the part we’re familiar with was only the peak of a much larger building. It’s as if archeologists had one day explored deep into the basement and discovered they were really in the attic. [Read more...]

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Surreal Photography by Katerina Plotnikova

Sunday 03.10.2013 , Posted by

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Welcome to the magical land of Katerina Plotnikova. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness in her surreal like settings. Based in Moscow, Katerina only discovered her interest in photography 5 years ago. Since then she has been on a mission to capture her wildest imaginations through the lens. [Read more...]

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