Alexander Petrosyan has been a photographer for the past 17 years. His work captures the real gritty side of Russia and its people, especially around St. Petersburg. His photographs have a post-apocalyptic feel at times, capturing the still present damage left on the city after WWII. He photographs people in their raw natural state and the photos tell a real narrative. And I know how dreary and apocalypitc Russia can be first hand, because I had the fortunate misfortune of being born there.
So, let's start out with the first photo in this list. This provocatively dressed woman looks like she’s trying to sneak out of her lover's house after his wife got home. She's certainly saying "блядь, блядь, блядь" (pronounced b`lyad') as she's crawling out that window.
No, this is not a Ben & Jerry’s ad. Actually, I don’t think that they even have that over in Russia, as they have their own pretty tasty selection of dairy. But, this isn’t too out of place. Russians are very keen on their farm animals.
Russians don’t sit down to dinner until around 9pm. Well, 9pm is when they just serve the first course, which is a spread of a million appetizers of every shape and size ranging from caviar and black bread to a fine selection of smoked meats. Dinner guests usually don’t leave till about 2am and you are fully stuffed and exhausted by the end of it.
Ok, there is so much going on in this picture. First off, why is there a kitty trapped in that car? That snow fall does not look fresh, so it makes me very concerned for how long he’s been in there. Also, funny enough, there is a café called “Summer” in the background, which is funny because St. Petersburg is really f***ing cold.
I don’t know why, but Russian weddings, like real hardcore Russian weddings, are totally absurd. They can never seem to take a classy photo. That’s probably because they are too plastered. There are several Russian wedding traditions. For one, the wedding usually lasts a few days, where everyone is getting completely annihilated throughout that time.
Okay, not that this is an excuse. But, there really aren’t a lot of black people in Russia. That being said, they don’t have that same element of racial tension in Russia like they do in America. So, sometimes you’ll see stuff like this, which they think is completely OK, because there isn’t an uproar from a well-established black community to this type of behavior.
Oh, yeah. Lenin and Stalin weren’t great guys, but a lot of Russians still hold them in high regard. That’s why you won’t see Hitler street impersonators in Berlin, but you’ll see Stalin and Lenin impersonators in St. Petersburg.
She’s strong like bull from old country. Yes, sure there are a lot of Russian supermodels, but you can’t forget the good ol’ Russian girls who are really good on a plow. There are plenty of these hardy women in the rural villages outside the cities.
Russians love a good day at the bathhouse. A Russian bathhouse is a strange place where you see grown men hitting each other with birch tree branches and plunging themselves into boiling hot, then freezing cold water.
This photo must have been taken into the third or fourth day of wedding festivities. If I were this bride, I’d be pissed that my drunk husband just got mud and his bare penis all over my dress. This man is what we would call in Russian a , “Kozel.” It literally translates to goat, but it means he's a f***ing idiot.
I always try to smile around people I don’t know because I certainly inherited that Russian gene of resting b***h face. Sometimes Russian women can look as cold as the Siberian Tundra. A lot of the time, Russian girls are given a bad rep. They are described as high-maintence, demanding, controlling and angry. That’s only about 90 percent accurate, though.
This is more like the Russia people know and love/hate. Yes, the stereotypes are pretty true. Russians love to drink. It’s actually a pretty serious problem. The government has even implemented alcohol regulations to curb the nation’s alcoholism problem.