Step back in time in one of the oldest cities of Russia – Moscow, founded almost 870 years ago in 1147. Excellent photo ops are guaranteed!
Moscow is experiencing a modern-day renaissance, with old ancient buildings being restored and turned into hidden local gems.
For the Photo Tour we asked our guest photographer @nadine_martynova (in Instagram) to share with us some bits from a local life of a photographer in Moscow.
Here’s what Nadya told us.
1. How did you come into photography? How long have you been a photographer?
I think the love to photography I got from my dad and grandpa. When I was little, we often looked through old photos in albums, not only the family albums, but also a lot of artistic images.
I got interested in this when I was still at school, but I can say that I really began to understand the very essence of photography and its features, when I entered the university. I’m studying at the Faculty of Architecture, and we are taught composition and color scheme that really helps me in photography.
2. How would you describe your style?
I can not say that I have a certain style. It depends on my mood, the place or the people I shoot. I think it’s all individually.
3. What is your true inspiration in life and photography? What/Who do you admire?
I like to find something new, that’s really inspiring. New exhibitions, new and unusual places in the city or the old place, but an unusual look at them.
4. What was your best photo shooting in Moscow or Saint Petersburg? Describe in details.
Most of all I liked the photo shoot with my friend in the park with colored smoke. I planned this trip for a long time, was looking for a suitable place. All happened quickly, because it was quite cold and the smoke lasted only for 10-15 seconds, but that made it even more exciting! It was difficult to plan anything because we could not know exactly how smoke would “behave”, so it was a lot of improvisation, random photos, fun.
Photoshoots on Peterhof tour are always a blast, this place is surrealistic and you can spend weeks there taking photos of one garden.
5. A website and/or blog you visit often?
I often visit Instagram. For me it is a source of inspiration. I signed up for the photographers from different countries. It’s awesome that you can find there a lot of new ideas, get advice from people. And despite the fact that we are quite far from each other, not personally familiar, still each of us is open for communication, because we all share interest in photography.
6. What are TOP 3 places you would like to visit in life? Why?
My dream is to travel the world, to learn new cultures and show them to other people through photography. I would very much like to visit the Indian wedding and the Brazilian carnival. I think that would be colorful photography and experience. I would certainly not stop there ;)
I think every country has something special about itself.
7. Why do you like Moscow/Saint Petersburg, Russia?
Moscow and St. Petersburg are two completely different cities, both extremely attractive. I like Moscow for its dynamics and diversity, every time I find something new in. St. Petersburg is just the opposite – more calm. When I want some peace, I go to Saint Petersburg. In most cases, such trips are spontaneous.
8. What do you like to shoot in Moscow/Saint Petersburg?
Since I’m studying at the architectural faculty, often my pictures are the architecture. I like to notice twhat hat others do not. After all, many people pass through the city center, run somewhere and do not even see how beautiful the buildings around us are.
9. What kind of Moscow events, activities, places do you attend in Moscow/Saint Petersburg? What was the latest event you visited?
I try to actively attend various exhibitions, the most recent was the “Biennial of Photography”. Just recently I participated in the World Instameet, where all photo enthusiasts could come up with something new, get to know each other, learn from the experience of others. I’d love to participate more in such events.
10. What is most important for you when travelling?
A good company! :)
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