Russia is often an interesting and bizarre place, especially for those who are not really familiar with the culture. Photographer Alexander Petrosyan's goal is to show the real, unfiltered Russia. With all the weird situations, unique people, and beauty of its cities.

The photographer travels Russia, capturing all the interesting moments. His style is very expressive and every photo has a story to tell. Many of Alexander's photos show certain traditions Russians have. Like swimming in the freezing lake in winter, burning an idol for the winter to go away, and many more.

Alexander has been featured on Bored Panda before. Click here and here to see the previous articles.

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jevais
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6 months ago

A fairy tale in the making. Beautiful phot

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Alexander gave us an interview and told Bored Panda about his photography. His main goal is to "share my personal view of the world I live in." He photographs Russia and its people to show others what it's like living there and experiencing all that is going on. It's interesting to see the country from the perspective of the person living there. They know all the nooks and crannies of their country, their traditions, and their people.

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LJ Robinson
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6 months ago

A lovely moment

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boredpanDaman
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6 months ago

fairytale

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Alexander has been photographing since he was a child. On one of his birthdays, he received a photo camera and since then he's done nothing else but capture the world around him. It is easy to see that photography runs in his veins. After many years of practice and experience, he has become a great photographer, able to capture the most unique and interesting moments.

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Tiny Dancer
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6 months ago

Such a beautiful furry babushka! Delightful.

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R Carson
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6 months ago

Thanks Mom.

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Alexander opened up that the most challenging part of photography is coming up with new and fresh ideas, seeing the same things from a new perspective. Any creative individual would agree that creativity doesn't always flow easily. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to do the things you love to find the passion and flame again.

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sofacushionfort
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6 months ago

Where helmets, buildings and beards all come to the point.

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Sofie
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6 months ago

What a beautiful angel, like a bookmark I had as a child.

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Alexander told us that he doesn't have a particular process when it comes to capturing these photos. He just goes with the flow. Alexander goes outside and just sees what happens. He said: "I always rely solely on chance." This pays off really well for him because he has lots of interesting and unique moments captured in his portfolio.

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Chris Zaydel
Community Member
6 months ago

Just stay on your side.

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boredpanDaman
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6 months ago

off, the beauties!

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Alexander describes his photography style as: "Petrosyanschina." There is no denying that the photographer has a unique and original style and concept. Not many photographers manage to capture such moments and movement in their photos. He mentioned that this is just the way life goes in Russia. He didn't even need to come up with a concept, Alexander just needed to go outside and capture what was happening.

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Joanna Werman
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6 months ago

I think it's a beautiful photograph

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sofacushionfort
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6 months ago

Built on millions of pilings driven into the swamp by Swedish POWs from Poltova.

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Alexander has been doing this for 21 years. He started in the 2000s and is not planning to stop anytime soon. He said he is inspired by life itself and the people of Russia. Alexander said: "They love not for something, but despite it." If you live in Russia or anywhere near, you probably know that they are one of the most hospitable people. If you come over to their home, they will have a whole table of food and drinks prepared. Make sure you're comfortable and have anything you need. Also, they are great company and are fun people!

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Scagsy
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6 months ago

All of those precautions and she still can't wear her mask effectively.

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Simon Kwan
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6 months ago

These ladies will be the ones who survive the zombie apocalypse

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The photographer said this when asked what advice he would give to a photographer who is just starting out: "Saturate your soul with the best that has been created in the history of mankind." If you surround yourself with things you love, with things that inspire you, you are bound to become better at your craft. "The secret of my enthusiasm, which is actually very simple: every fall and failure is a springboard for future success! I am interested in looking for myself in new senses, in new situations. The development is more interesting for me than the end result."

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Kona Pake
Community Member
6 months ago

“Should I get this, the fleece or the leather?

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Scagsy
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6 months ago

Cats turn to alternative methods of attracting attention as Cat Appreciation Society membership continues to fall.

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Scagsy
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6 months ago

Fears for Cat Appreciation Society grows as membership numbers continue to dwindle.

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Grant Barke
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6 months ago

Lenin's back, time for a new revolution.

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LJ Robinson
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6 months ago (edited)

So confused. Is this a subway or bus, and how did the man in the restroom get into the photo? Were they passing a restroom? As I said, confused.

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Skara Brae
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6 months ago

I'm impressed anybody can look that fashionable in a snowstorm.

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Kona Pake
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6 months ago

Go on, give him a bite to eat.

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RFT Daly
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6 months ago

The hat will grow on him… Sorry. I’ll be leaving now.

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LJ Robinson
Community Member
6 months ago

I think this brings out the fact that we are all pretty much the same. Take away the Russian writing and it could be New Orleans, Las Vegas, Amsterdam etc.

Elmie Pumpkinbush
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6 months ago

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Kona Pake
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6 months ago

If she wore stilts, she could be taller.

Gerard Neaux
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

She's poor and doing her best to survive. Maybe care for a family at home too. No one is a se* worker as a hobby.

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Pezor Zass
Community Member
6 months ago

i know it's almost a literal translation, but nosorog is a great word for rhinoceros

Jan Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

she must be freezing!

jevais
Community Member
6 months ago

This is so sad.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
6 months ago

Surprised the entire image wasn't replaced with the grey bar.

Leeds Lass
Community Member
6 months ago

Those boots tho.....

Mauricio Gomez
Community Member
6 months ago

Good to know how is Bar written in Russian.

Nazda Pokmov
Community Member
6 months ago

Love the platform boots....8"!!!!!

Mickie Shea
Community Member
6 months ago

looks like the officer on the right is from Texas, has he don't need no mask.

Heather Menard
Community Member
6 months ago

Hooker heels are the same every where

James Mills
Community Member
6 months ago

rhino bar sounds like a strip club

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
6 months ago

My goodness, those shoes!

Stella Southwick
Community Member
6 months ago

Those Boots/shoes whatever they are, yikes, the very picture of trash

R Carson
Community Member
6 months ago

Let's make a deal.

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Monty Glue
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6 months ago

Wonder what he is thinking?

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bookshellf
Community Member
6 months ago

maybe I'm seeing too much into this photo, but it's interesting how the colors and exterior of the building is chipped, cold and has weathered the change of seasons and history. Meanwhile indoors is a modern lighting illuminating a 21st century woman cleaning her kitchen. Idk if I connected the words exactly what the photo conveys to me, but it's fascinating how times change but preserve!

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boredpanDaman
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6 months ago

id like to be there

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sofacushionfort
Community Member
6 months ago

Female columns are called caryatids. Males are called atlanteans. What animal columns are called I would be grateful to know.

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lara
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6 months ago

Probably "just married."

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
6 months ago

powerful

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Russell Bowman
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6 months ago

Epiphany Day commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Usually January 19th. It is cold cold cokd ...

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Shanaaia
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6 months ago (edited)

Depressing scenery - great pic!

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Vonnie Stewart
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6 months ago

Security detail for the St peter and paul fortress

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LJ Robinson
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6 months ago

I like this one. Caught a minute-in-life moment.

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Sofie
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6 months ago

That same ship

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Brivid
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6 months ago

Album cover

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Gerard Neaux
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6 months ago

So many costumed people, how, why, and where?

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Bacony Cakes
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6 months ago

The Putin sweater stays ON during sex!

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Scooter
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6 months ago

Let's stop the duck face

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Grant Barke
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6 months ago

Covid-19 Reaper.

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R Carson
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6 months ago

Someone didn't get the memo.

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Witchling
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6 months ago

This could be anywhere in the world lol

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