Sign In Existing Member?

From Russia With Love

Russia
Linda Siemon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Abiding affection: Shot in a 'hard class' carriage on the Trans-Siberian Railway, I was lucky to capture this Korean couple’s spontaneous moment of joyful intimacy. It was day 11 of a 14-day journey (NB we didn't have a spoken language in common).
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Russian wedding ceremony: This Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg scene reminded me of paintings in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. Initially, I was intrigued by the queue and only later did I realise there was a marriage ceremony taking place.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Lovelorn traveller: This Russian man’s pensive gaze out of the carriage window on the Trans-Siberian Railway really moved me. I imagine he was reflecting on a lost love, whose name must surely have been Anna (it being in Russia on a train).
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Absence of love: Perm-36 is Russia’s sole surviving Gulag labour camp. It has been converted into a memorial museum and the main office tower in the photo was where the officers in charge would keep watch over the camp.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Nature love: Lake Baikal in Siberia is the world’s deepest lake and for the three nights I was there the sunsets were spectacular. I was in a state of euphoria when I took this photo – it was immediately after my first Russian Banya experience, an 80-degree sauna session with birch twig beatings followed by a plunge into the lake’s icy waters.


View other entries - View all