Things can get really dull and mundane in big cities, especially when it’s a metropolis of nearly 5mln people. This Saint Petersburg-born and bred artist, Vadim Solovyev, fills the urban spaces with mysterious and sometimes familiar but oversized creatures. With nearly 60k followers, he posts the curious Photoshop-manipulated images together with short stories as a futuristic blog. 

His images feature giant raccoons, chameleons on leashes, sleeping foxes that take up the whole block, and sky-soaring turtles—a concoction of familiar animals found in unexpected places. Bored Panda got to delve into Vadim’s surreal universe and take a look around the urban spaces in Russia with some surprising creatures. And you can check out our previous article here.

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Cinnamoroll
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3 months ago

Cutie Pie!

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The 32-year-old artist was born and raised in St. Petersburg. “At the age of 20, I began to get interested in graphic design and this was the starting point for both my career and my creativity.” Since then, he has mainly worked as a digital and creative designer and is now running an advertising agency. Instagram appeared in his life only a couple of years ago and has become a great means to express himself. “The very concept of a blog about parallel reality came to my mind on its own. One day I just thought it would be fun to supplement the world around me with something unusual, to express my thoughts through fictional stories, accompanied by texts written in a casual manner. Over time, the fictional world has grown its own mythology, history, and characters. Someone liked my pictures, someone began to read the texts with interest, someone began to look for references and allusions to real events in the world. So gradually, my account gained a certain number of subscribers.”

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3 months ago

Splat

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As Vadim was born just before the collapse of the USSR, he grew up in the post-Soviet period. “The country was changing, many people were losing everything, while others were gaining something they could not have dreamed of before. For me, it was a great time. After all, I was a child, and the changing world around me gave me only the most beautiful emotions. I didn’t know how hard it was for my parents at that time and how much they had to do to make my childhood so happy.” 

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Mark Berry
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3 months ago

Trash panda has to wash his food somewhere!

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His adolescence and youth came at a time when the USSR was already history. “Globalization, the internet, and mobile gadgets have made the country part of the rest of the world. Yes, we, like in other countries, have many problems of our own, but in general, we live exactly the same life as many who read these lines. The young generation strives for freedom of expression, for equality, for a modern lifestyle.”

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Rannveig Ess
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3 months ago

When you hear someone fighting in the parking lot but are trying not to be overly nosy

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lol idk
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3 months ago

the duck crossing sign on the bridge LOL

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Many of his images feature giant animals roaming free in the streets of St. Petersburg. “They have long been part of my fictional world. How did this happen? I can’t really answer that question. These images just come to mind. Giant animals appear both in posts where I touch on social issues, and in works that do not carry hidden meanings, but simply convey the mood, the vibe that I catch while living in my city. To find out what each of the posts tells, you will have to read the texts on my blog. Texts are an important part of every post I make.”

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LittlemissUwU
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3 months ago

We're moving!

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Neonx
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3 months ago

Octobus

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When asked about his creative process, Vadim explained that it happens in different ways. “Sometimes first there is an idea, a thought, an experience that I would like to tell about, and then this idea takes shape in the form of a plot. Sometimes it all starts with an image that comes to my mind and then I try to figure out why it appeared, what subconscious experiences provoked its appearance. It is extremely difficult to explain how my content is born, I do not always understand it myself.”

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Shade Whorton
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3 months ago

cmon howard were gonna be late

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

I would be going into this store constantly.

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Rannveig Ess
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3 months ago

Sparrows would so do this. This art is especially funny...yesterday I went to the home depot store and in the "O"s, "D" and "P" there was a nest of sparrows. All yelling at everyone to get off their property.

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Kim Bush
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3 months ago

Awww these poor creatures, they've been through enough

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Crepitus
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3 months ago

The lady with the oar xD

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Panda Kicki
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3 months ago

Looks like Australia..

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Computernaut
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3 months ago

"ooh, lookee dis."

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lol idk
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3 months ago

I like the person running at you with the trash bag

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Just A Passing Parrot
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3 months ago

Reverse of Adam and Eve

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SeaShell
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3 months ago

I don't know what people find so scary about bees. I used to pet them when I was little!

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Georgia Hebert
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3 months ago

Uh oh!

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Susan Green
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3 months ago

Ah hellz no!!

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LittlemissUwU
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3 months ago

flying krakin!

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LotusWolff
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3 months ago

BIRB

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Theater Kid
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3 months ago

That person walking could not care less that there is a giant seahorse floating around.

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LittlemissUwU
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3 months ago

AMAZING

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Shade Whorton
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3 months ago

tiny doggo

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Vicky Z
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3 months ago

The car is prepared

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SeaShell
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3 months ago

aww

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LotusWolff
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3 months ago

Mothra is that you

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LittlemissUwU
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3 months ago

no more happy feet, cus there is BIG FEET

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Computernaut
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3 months ago

Imagine how loud that thing would be.

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Vivian C
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3 months ago

nom

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