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.
"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.
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.
Patriarch's Ponds is an affluent residential area, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city. It dates back to at least the 17th century when Patriarch Ioakim, the eleventh Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia was settled here.
The Patriarch Ponds area (locals simply call it “Patriki”) is the main gourmet center of Moscow, both for tourists and locals. From small coffee corners and secret pubs to posh restaurants and trendy bars – here surrounding the green oasis of Patriarch Ponds park you can find anything you want. The most interesting places are located on Malaya Bronnaya street and its side streets – and all this is just a 10-minute walk from Mayakovskaya metro station.
Remy Kitchen Bakery is a restaurant and a bakery in one establishment. Head chef is Melbourne native Glen Ballis and in the menu he aims to reflect the cuisine of his homeland: it's a mix of Italian, French, Greek, Chinese and Japanese elements and all ingredients used are seasonal. Remyboasts a spacious open kitchen and the majority of the dishes are prepared on the Josper grill. The bakery offers a range of mouth-watering freshly baked pastries as well as a deli section, where guests can get something to take.