Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

10 Spectacular Wooden Churches From Russia

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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.

Fiery Cauldrons: Recent Lava Flows in Eastern Russia

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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.

A Russian Museum of Architecture’s Smart Ad Campaign

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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.

Surreal Photography by Katerina Plotnikova

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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.

Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

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For those that missed it (and considering the massive impact few could), a huge meteorite hit earth last week in Russia. In the land of the dash camera, videos far and wide captured the very rare event in its full shining glory – a missile like streak through the sky and an incredible window breaking crash following soon after. For the Russian population the event was one that stirred memories of the not so distant past, one of the tree flattening Tunguska event in Siberia just over 100 years ago. That blast was the largest impact event on earth in recorded history.

Skywalking in Russia: Photographing High Points

What is there to do in Russia for fun? There is the drinking of good vodka (or bad if you live in Siberia), clubbing all night in Moscow or “Skywalking.” Yes, it’s not something involving lightsabers or dancing funky around cars, but rather climbing to ultra high points and taking photographs of being there.