There is a requirement of an infinite number of layers of understanding if you truly wish to know a country inside out. You cannot just formulate an opinion about a country by hearing one thing and then ignoring out all the others. Alexander Petrosyan is a photographer who has spent years of his life in St. Petersburg and document the life there using his pictures. He has explored every nook and corner of the city and knows it inside out. He says that it is his world. Let’s have a look at some of his best pictures from life in St. Petersburg.
Lonely Yet Romantic
You can see the mess inside the girl’s apartment. This does not seem like a girl’s place and yet she is alone in the picture, studying something with a mug of what we think is coffee. It is truly a beautiful picture.
The Smiling Cat
Looking at the smiling cat, you might think that there are no problems in Russia. However, that is far from the truth since every country has its own share of problems.
While everyone else at the table is enjoying the lavish dinner, this little girl is aware of the camera pointed towards them and gives it an exasperated look as if she is tired of all the dinners.
A Place To Sleep
These women are not homeless. They are just enjoying a night on the roof with a bottle of wine. It must be a pleasure to live a carefree life like this.
Sharing The Feeling
The cat and the old lady seem to have the same feelings when a camera is pointed towards them. They both look angry and exasperated over getting their picture taken.
Going Goth In Public
If you think that people dress up funny in the New York City subway, you have to take a look at how people dress up for the Russian trains.
Is it already past the bedtime for this woman? We have to wonder if she is sneaking into her house or sneaking out of it?
Crossing The Street
Just look at the cow crossing the street without a worry in the world. She just wants to go where she wants without caring for the people who might want to stand in her way.
This is a really sad picture to see that cat stuck in the car that is covered in snow. We are sure that Alexander might have helped the cat get out of the trouble.
Looking Far Away
This picture was taken during a political meetup in St. Petersburg and you can see how the soldiers are out there within the crowd to stop the people from causing riots.
Streets Are Interesting
Something interesting must be happening in the streets since both the dog and the woman are looking out in the street at the same time.
Travelling With The Duck
You get to see all sorts of weird things on the public transports, including what looks like a man who is travelling with his duck.
Enjoying The Evening
There is no better view if you are going on a date than the skyline of St. Petersburg with the backdrop of the sunset. Also, it is amazing how you can enjoy the view with your friends over a bottle of vodka.
Love Never Dies
Even when people get old, they never forget how to love one another. It is amazing how Alexander was able to capture the love between the old couple.
Just look at this amazing shot that Alexander has taken of the woman cleaning the aquarium. She is hard at work and is looking at the camera through her reflection.
Supporting The Boys
This woman is out there supporting the Russian soldiers during a march. It is quite amazing to see the patriotism of the people in Russia.
What Are You Up To?
This soldier seems to be quite interested in what the pigeon has to say since the two of them seem to be deeply engrossed in a conversation.
These two women need to be careful messing around like this in public since the Russian government is pretty much against homosexual relations.
A Night With Vodka
This man seems to have a very good time with the bottle in his hand. He got so drunk that he fell asleep on the bus bench and did not realize that the day had started.
Putting Out The Fire
While the firemen putting out the fire, this citizen is putting out the fire with the equipment that he has got. He is taking a piss on the fire to put it out.
Helping Out The Veterans
It is very important that we learn to respect the people who have served the country in the war and have returned home injured. These young men are helping out the veteran with a little money.
This is yet another amazing image taken by the photographer showing the brilliant colors in the bursting out potassium explosion.
Fly Birds Fly
There is nothing that signifies freedom as watching the birds fly. They have a sense of direction which helps them reach where they want and yet the entire sky is open to them to fly where they want.
Broken Down Car
These horses are watching the car that has broken down and seem to be mocking it for the fact that they do not break down like this. We also love how one of the horses is wearing the socks.
Carrying The Butt
This is a picture where perspective is everything. At first glance, it looks like the woman is lying on a surface seductively but when you look closely, she is just carrying a mannequin.
Talking About Politics
These two pigeons seem to be talking about politics in Russia. It is also a rather strange coincidence that President Putin is in the background.
This picture is going to take you back down memory lane when you had no worries in the world and all you wanted to do was play with your friends.
No Seat On The Train
When you do not find a seat on the train, you usually stand. However, this mannequin seems to have different ideas in her brain and she is happy sitting down on the floor of the train.
The Halo Of The Sun
This picture is very thought-provoking. The sun seems to be making a halo around the little boy, signifying that little children are just like angels from heaven.
Love Me Too
This cat in the foreground is dejected because the lady seems to be loving the other cats more than her. We feel for you little kitty.
Death Is Inevitable
For a long time, skeletons have represented death. Even the Grim Reaper is said to be nothing but a hood over a skeleton. This picture shows that death is inevitable for everyone.
At The Dog Clinic
This dog is peering out of his cage as if he wants to tell the photographer that he wants his story told to the world. It is quite a moving picture.
Routine Does Not Stop
This little fellow is off to school even when it is snowing so hard. He wants the world to know that the life in Russia does not stop even when the weather decides to get radical.
Snow Covered Roads
It is always cold in Russia and the people over there have gotten used to the cold. This picture was taken after a particularly heavy snowfall and it shows how people walk around on the streets which are covered in snow and the vehicles have been rendered useless.
What is happening in this picture? Why is that man standing in the nude when his clothes are right there? The couple seems to be engaging in some kind of a dare since there are a lot of bottles of alcohol sitting right there.
A Russian Wedding
Russian weddings can be quite an interesting affair since there is a lot of vodka involved. However, we have to wonder why Alexander decided to capture the shot from between the feet of the two women.
Gathering Old People
This gathering of old people must have been very important since everyone is listening quite seriously. On the other hand, there is this old woman with the camera who just wants to document it with her device.
Checking Him Out
This woman is checking out the man in the boxers. We believe that the two of them may have posed for the picture since it is quite cold in Russia and they should not be roaming around in such short clothes.
Helping Him Out
This female soldier seems to be carrying the miniature man in the background. It is another picture where the perspective plays a huge role.
This little man has dressed up as Napoleon Bonaparte and on a small bicycle. It is amazing how Alexander was able to find him in the crowd and snap a picture of him.
Fast Paced World
This is a rather tricky shot and we are glad that he took it since it shows the girl living a slow life in a rather fast-paced world. Her expressions say it all.
Feeling The Cringe
This man is feeling the cringe from the public display of affection that is being put on by the newly married couple. We all feel you bro.
The Dreamy Eyes
This dog has quite dreamy eyes and we have to wonder what wisdom do those eyes behold. He is staring out of the window of the bus and watching the world go by.
Staring Into Nothing
This man is staring out of his home’s window. We are assuming that it must be his home since he is out of his shirt and seems to be quite comfortable in the house.
A Married Soldier
This Soviet soldier just got hitched to his girlfriend and his friends are all there to support him. They know it is going to be a long road ahead.
Looking From The Sidelines
This is a very intimate moment that Alexander has captured. The woman is alone at the dance and is staring out on the dance floor, perhaps in envy of the other women on the dance floor.
Limos Vs Horses
Even though there are three very luxurious limos standing there, these people prefer to ride by the horses. The mothers are helping their children enjoy the horseride.
Santa The Pied Piper
This Santa Claus is the new-age pied piper. All the cats are following him and we wonder what kind of greed he offered to the cats to make them follow him.
While all the people in their casual attires and walking on the sidewalk, these two girls in the traditional nurse outfit are walking in the middle of the road. Reminds you of The Shining.
Dip In the Cold Water
We have to appreciate the bravery of this man who took a dive into the cold water. The people around him are standing in their warm coats while he is battling with the cold.