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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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Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more...]

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Skywalking in Russia: Photographing High Points

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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No Politics, Just a Joke: Satirical Art from Russia

Friday 11.30.2012 , Posted by

Nothing is sacred in Victoria Tsarkova’s new series and show, No Politics. Just a Joke. She has taken key figures from the world of politics and culture, mashing them up in unexpected ways which are highly satirical, funny and even a bit offensive. The 20 works recently featured in her current show near Moscow is drawing an enthusiastic crowd. [Read more...]

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Russian Statues Protest for Pussy Riot

Tuesday 08.28.2012 , Posted by

Earlier this year they were a mostly unknown feminist punk band from Russia… but now they have become an international phenomenon and a wakeup call to the reality of social freedoms in the modern Russian Federation. The group, called Pussy Riot staged an illegal concert on February 21st, on the steps of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. [Read more...]

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A Moscow Apartment Fully Decorated in Wood

Saturday 08.18.2012 , Posted by

Deep in the heart of Moscow is an apartment. In this apartment is wood, and…more wood and…oh yes, more wood! The very natural abode was designed by Petr Kostelov, a Russian architect who is quickly making a name for himself in the field. Every year Peter has consistently won awards for his unique residential designs. The wooden apartment is quite different than his previous houses; such as his multi-level apartment and this very industrial example also in Moscow; but his talent for pushing the limits is obvious throughout. [Read more...]

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