St. Petersburg & Moscow, Russia

Photojournal

In October 2018 we took a couple of weeks off work for a little tour of Eastern Europe. We started in Helsinki, Finland where we only had a short amount of time. Next, we took a flight across to Saint Petersburg, Russia, where we spent the most time as it’s where my wife taught English for a while and she has friends there. After that, we flew across to the capital, Moscow. We ended our trip in Berlin, Germany.

There was so much to see that I’ve broken each country out into its own post. Click here to visit the Helsinki, FinlandBerlin, Germany post.

For this trip of a lifetime, I ordered an old Soviet camera, an AGAT 18k. This tiny Belarussian camera shoots half-frames. So, for every 35mm film frame, you get two pictures. It has a pretty wide-angle lens, so capturing candid moments is pretty achievable. Getting the right focus is the hard part, as you’ll see below!

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood,
Analogue Photo Collage

There is an amazing camera shop in Gostiny Dvor (a marketplace), Saint Petersburg, Russia called Photo Lubitel. I was able to pick up this black and white Russian film and a couple of Soviet Lomo cameras that are all quite hard to find in the U.S.

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

State Historic Museum, Moscow