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lenin and me


I conclude my Moscow pictures with a picture of myself with Lenin impersonator near Red Square ;)



... it is in Moscow too...



... at Moscow subway...

No, heads are not cropped on purpose. I think it would be a much better picture if they weren�t. But shot from hip, it just happened that way. So count it as an idea to work on...

subway entrance to the right


a club in moscow


which flag?


Does the boy look a bit confused? I am confused too. The red flags stand for the USSR, a country that doesn�t exist for 14 years or so. The red, blue and white is the flag of Russia.

But it is always like this in Moscow. Red Square and of course Lenin�s mausoleum are symbolic for old-fashioned communists. You can see somebody with a red flag any time. Who am I to judge them? I smoke the same stuff when I was at school...


I asked a girl to pose for me at the Red Square. Red hair went with the theme... The passing officer seems symbolic too, although really, it is not the idea I was after. There is crazy stuff going on in Russia, but it doesn�t feel like a police state, not any more. Trust what I say, not what you see ;)

red light district


Gates to the Kremlin from the Red Square. This is not the entrance the president drives through (that's on the other side). Tourists don't come from this side either. If I remember things, these doors are ceremonial, or for really important people to come in...

red square

I really had to put up something from the Red Square. In part it was why the trip felt surreal - I didn't see it for the first 3 days. Just like not seeing Big Ben, or Eiffel Tower... are you really in the city you were going to?

Not that I like this picture, really, but it is the best shot I have at something recognizable from there...

formerly known as hotel "moscow"




A window at a Moscow street just captured me by multiple layers of windows...



titanic, moscow


Models: Zhenia (my sister) and Nikolai (my cousin).
Location: temporary bridge over Leningradskii Prospekt, Moscow



I stayed at a hotel "Aerostar", at the hub connecting bus service and airlines. You can check in to any of the city's 5 airports right there and get to the flight on another bus. Don't ask why I ended up there (OK, ask but that's a longer story;). It was perhaps the most surreal travel experience so far. But surreal it was, realizing wild contrasts in a city that claims to be the most expensive anywhere...

That "traveler" here is my cousin Nikolai, walking me to the hotel.



Next to the Red Square...
I tried a couple of different settings - pretty slow speed, to make the water blur, and really fast, to make it stop in the air... I liked the latter. This one is at 1/1000.

fly alex


I have no idea what the ad is for but it was encouraging ;)


last night @ photoblogger meetup


This will be my last picture for long overdue report from Euro photoblogger meetup this September... There is no good excuse for ignoring my photobog for a while but I was quite busy on my new job, in addition to what usually happes after a 2-week trip (why fly to Europe for a weekend? I was in Moscow for another week, some pictures from there to follow...)

This is the last night of the meetup. Fredrik (of smudo.org) is not loosin an opportunity to take more night pictures with his huge tripod (he has already posted some very cool ones from that night!) and we all having good time there.

Amsterdam was a really fun place to meet, thank you Dutch photobloggers for makin it happen!