I was born in St Petersburg, then, at 11, moved to Siberia where I have lived for 12 more years, graduated from a local university before returning to my hometown in 1998. I took various jobs there before finally turning to photography. From last August I am based in Moscow, a mad metropolis full of contrasts, energy and drama at every corner.
In terms of urban design and architecture, many consider it a failed city, and you really have to know it from the inside to be able to appreciate its vibrance and dynamics. In this nostalgic picture (by Savva Bogatyrev), I am on a tram back in St Pete with my wife Veronika.
Grill, bakery, bar.
Ovens, jospers and smokers — «Gorynich» bakes and fries in all possible ways. In the restaurant guests can try craft bread from our own bakery, Neapolitan pizza, steaks of our own ageing. And to enjoy the view of old Moscow boulevards through the big panoramic windows.
Enjoy gourmet cuisine surrounded by contemporary art in Garage Café, the perfect place to unwind after visiting an exhibition or taking a stroll in Gorky Park. The Café’s relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place for doing work or meeting with friends, while dining on innovative dishes. The menu is updated each season and offers an array of delicious, fresh food, including a large selection of desserts and a kids’ menu, as well as specialty coffees and teas.
"GUM is not just a store where you can buy almost everything. It is a shopping block where there is a pharmacy, bank branch, and flower shop ... It is a monument of architecture. It is a comfortable lounge area with restaurants and cafes. It is an art gallery and venue for cultural events. It is an integral part of Russian history. It is a symbol of Moscow and it is the closest place to the Kremlin, where you can feel yourself in Europe."
Text: Grigory Revzin.
A brand new business district called Belaya Ploshad (White Square) built around an early 20-century old-believers' church. Old believers are a fundamentalist sect that's split from the official Orthodox Church in 17 century. Many prominent Russian tsarist-era businessmen were from the old-believers' background. During Soviet era, this church was desecrated, then, in the 1990s, returned to an old-belivers' community and renovated. A good example of Moscow contrasts - a fundamentalist church (with a Facebook page) and modern office blocks next door. Plus - on the other side of Belaya Ploshad there is Belorussky Station Square - a large intersection with an endless construction site, a railway station, full of dirt, primitive street trade, homeless, and... nice cafes.