In 2013, during my Erasmus-like semester in Moscow (back when I was a BA student), I was lucky enough to travel around Russia for the whole of January, straight after the end of the exam session.
Due to lack of time and money, my travel companions and I did not manage to go as far as we wanted to (i.e. lake Bajkal at the very least). We did manage, though, to visit our good share of cities and villages, places whose names we’d only read on textbooks or heard pronounced by our Russian teachers.
Russia in January is something one does not forget too easily. So, even though my Russian months date back to late 2012-early 2013, I believe the photos I took back then make for a nice, poignant reminder of the dazzling beauty of its landscapes.
That’s how the idea of a dedicated photo series sprang to mind. I’ve called it ‘Postcards from Russia’, and not without a reason. While travelling, I wrote letters to a friend, one from each stopover of the journey. I talked about the place itself, first impressions, second impressions and, in general, things that struck me as worth sharing.
The texts that accompany the photos in each gallery are largely borrowed from those letters. Because the day I wrote the letter about a place I also took photos of that place, I thought it made sense to combine the two. It makes it more real and ‘live’ – though, really, the beauty of Russia’s winter landscapes is truly and ultimately timeless.
The series includes ‘postcards’ from:
Nizhny Novgorod (Нижний Новгород)
Saint Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург)
Golden Ring (Золотое кольцо): Yaroslavl (Ярославль), Suzdal (Суздаль) and Vladimir (Владимир)