A 58-Year-Old Lady Creates Magical Costumes That Can Transport You to Another World

Meet Marina Badianova, a 58-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, who’s turned her life into a fantasy in the most literal sense. She sews life into numerous characters, both from existing works of fiction and from creations of her own imagination. So if you’re looking for a role model who refuses to let her own senior years be boring, she’s your lady for sure. Continue reading »

Urban Photography of Russian Cities Inspired by the Movie “Inception”

A new perspective of Russian urban photography. The idea and implementation belongs to a production studio based in Vladimir. The creators of the project “Lestnica” (“Stairs”) found inspiration in the movie “Inception”. Every photo took tens of hours. Continue reading »

This Unusual Cafe In Russia Will Make You Feel Like You Stepped Into A Cartoon


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If you happen to like interesting spaces, we are pretty sure Café Bw (which has two different cafes located both in Moscow and Sankt Petersburg, Russia) is the perfect place for you to visit. Continue reading »

Post-Soviet Russia in Provocative Visual Mise-en-Scenes of Sergey Chilikov

Sergey Chilikov (1953-2020) is one of the most outstanding practitioners of the ‘new’ photography which emerged in the USSR in the 1970s. Continue reading »

“Emptiness”: Existential Russia in Surreal Artworks of Ksenia Gudkova

Ksenia Gudkova was not written about in the press, she didn’t organize any exhibitions – she painted her own pictures, took photos and published them on social networks. I accidentally saw Ksenia’s work and decided to correct this injustice. Look, what a beauty! Continue reading »

35 Entrances, 3708 Apartments: Welcome to the Russian Kowloon Walled City!


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1, Oblastnaya Street, Saint-Petersburg. Famous Kudrovo district. This is that very crazy big building you cannot fit in a single photo, wherever you are. 990 meters (3248ft), 25 floors! Continue reading »

“Stagnation”: An Illustrative Exploration of Modern Surrealism by Anastasiya Kraynyuk

Anastasiya Kraynyuk is a 3D artist, based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She has an architectural education, and architecture really inspires her. She works with various areas of visual design – covers, illustrations for articles, product advertisements and much more. In her works she tries to convey the mood created by space and light. Continue reading »

Russian Photographer Takes Portraits With Real Animals And People Say Her Works Look Like They’re Straight From A Fairy Tale

These pictures are what dreams and fairytales are made of—Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova (previously) creates beautiful portraits that balance between the real and surreal. While she nails lighting, composition, and other important aspects of the craft, arguably the most impressive feature of Plotnikova’s work is her feature of animals that we aren’t used to seeing in fine-art photography. Like a bear. Or a moose. Continue reading »

Cozy Past in Romantic and Nostalgic Paintings by Philipp Kubarev

Philipp Kubarev is the artist who soulfully depicts familiar images of the Soviet past, bringing back its warmth and romantic appeal. Nothing special – drinks, food, interiors… but it seems you feel the taste of those painted dishes, bubbles of champagne in the glass… Continue reading »

Before & After Pics Of Clients By This Makeup Artist From St. Petersburg

Makeup has attracted Ulyana Starobinskaya since her childhood. So in 2008, she decided that enough was enough and made a conscious decision to turn her passion into a career. Continue reading »

“About What Never Happened”: The Superb Artworks of Dmitry Listov

Dmitry Listov is a young and talented graphics designer and painter, based in Russia. His works reflect life in Russia, as well as protest events. He also sells his work at NFT auctions. Continue reading »

“Gospel of the Dog”: Russian Ophthalmologist Creates Dark Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pencil Illustrations

Alexey Klepnev was born in 1961 in Ordzhonikidze (Vladikavkaz, Russia). In 1985 graduated with honors from the North Ossetian Medical Institute. Continue reading »

“The Morning Is Not Good”: Artist Klim Novoseltsev Welcomes You Into His Surreal World of Strange Places and Horror Creatures

Klim Novoseltsev is an artist and musician originally from Kirovsk in the Murmansk region of Russia. He lives and works in St. Petersburg. His works are filled with the power of nature, sometimes animate or personified. There are references to biblical motifs, including eschatological ones, and, according to him, he does not like excessive esoterism in his work. Continue reading »

The Spirit of Post-Apocalyptic Russia Through the Incredible Atmospheric Photographs of Alexander Sukharev

Russian photographer and urban explorer Alexander Sukharev likes to take pictures not only with his camera, but also mostly from the air with his drone: abandoned churches and military bases, monuments of socialist realism, crumbling houses in the lush blossom of the apple trees surrounding them, showing all the beauty and charm of the combination of death and life. Continue reading »

Russia’s only Woman Cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, Inspires One-Of-A-Kind Barbie Doll

Russia’s only active female cosmonaut has inspired the latest astronaut Barbie doll from Mattel’s campaign to inspire women. Continue reading »

Customized “Pioneers” and the Road of Life

Narrow-gauge line is the relic of the industrialization century, and such vehicles of simple construction randomly appeared in the remotest corners of the world. They carried people and loads in deep taiga or ore mines. With no exaggeration, they were moving for life. Continue reading »

A 78ft ‘Coronavirus Ogre Castle’ was Burned at Shrovetide in Russia, Here Are The Incredible Photos


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On March 13, in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park in the Kaluga region, Russia, in honor of the Shrovetide celebration, an art object made of vines was burned, which was called the “Coronavirus Ogre Castle” because of the coronavirus infection Covid-19. The castle was created by Nikolay Polissky, the founder of the art park. Continue reading »

These Mandalorian Superfans Built Their Own Gigantic Razor Crest Ship in Siberia

If you’ve seen The Mandalorian you know the ship we’re talking about. It’s the ship Mando uses to travel the galaxy with his little green companion, Grogu. These fans loved it so much that they decided to build their own. Continue reading »

“Frozen Apartments of Vorkuta”: Incredible Photos from The Heart of The Coldest City in All of Europe

Vorkuta (Nenets for “the abundance of bears”, “bear corner”) is a coal-mining town in the Komi Republic, Russia, situated just north of the Arctic Circle in the Pechora coal basin at the river Vorkuta. Vorkuta is the fourth largest city north of the Arctic Circle and the easternmost town in Europe. It is also the coldest city in all of Europe, boasting a record cold temperature of -52 degrees C (-61 degrees F). Continue reading »

Explorer Visits Abandoned and World’s Largest Ekranoplan, Here Are Some Great Pictures of The Inside and Outside

Many people have seen the ekranoplan from outside but few have had a chance to get inside. This vehicle is something in between an aircraft and a ship. “Lun” is the world biggest ground effect vehicle designed in the USSR in late 70s. Now the ekranoplan as big as a five-storey building is in Derbent, it has been preserved as a museum exhibit. Continue reading »

The Incredible Atmospheric Pixel Artworks by The Russian Artist Eugenia Goncharova

“Hi, my name is Eugenia Goncharova, known as 6VCR. I’m an illustrator, concept artist, 2D animator and cashew eater from Kaliningrad, Russia.” Continue reading »

“Do You Feel the Darkness Calling You?”: The Alternative Jewelry by The Russian Metalsmith Kate Snap

Kate Snap is considered one of the best female jewelers in Russia, working in the genre of “alternative jewelry.”

According to Kate: “I got into the jewelry business by chance, when for fun I decided to go to a jewelry workshop. The process of creating a ring and the finished result so impressed me that I immediately decided to learn the craft. By that time I had had enough of studying to be a designer, and the new hobby was able to fill my entire life.” Continue reading »

“Russian Riviera”: Resort City of Yalta in Stunning Photos by Martin Parr

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Images from a British photographer Martin Parr who visited Yalta, Ukraine, in summer 1995. At that time, Ukrainian Crimea was still absolutely Soviet, people on the photos look exactly like the ones from the Soviet epoch with lots of interest in all possible western stuff. However, the transformation had already begun and the author captured that vibe. Continue reading »

Snow Cuteness or Unusual Winter Hobby: Artist Creates Tiny Snow Sculptures in Dreary Russian Neighborhoods

Zubaidat Omarova, native to Dagestan who lives in Moscow now, has an unsual and cute hobby – she makes popular cartoon and movie characters from snow. Continue reading »

Baikal Zen: Rare Phenomenon Makes Rocks Look Like They Are Floating Above Water


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Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and its particular relationship to the land that surrounds it produces fascinating natural phenomenon—frozen waves of ice, ice caves dripping with long fingers of icicles, frozen methane bubbles, and something called “Baikal Zen,” which is the balancing of rocks on thin pedestals of ice. Continue reading »