Professional photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent years and years discovering and documenting infinite layers of St. Petersburg through street photography. His photo series - not only beautiful but also grotesque - invites outsiders to step inside the raw and unpredictable streets and experience the life of Russian people without a filter, common for polished postcards or travel documentaries.

Petrosyan received his first camera as a birthday present when he was 12, but he quit and came back to photography multiple times, before finally turning professional in 2000. His biggest inspiration comes from the streets of St. Petersburg, where he has lived his whole life. From the times of the Russian Empire to the near destruction during World War II, and the rebirth under Vladimir Putin - the city is full of real life and history, and Alexander knows every corner of it by heart. "This is my world," he says.

Now a full-time photojournalist, Alexander doesn't leave his home without a camera and a backup battery. "Perception depends on many different factors," he says. "But if the picture is taken with a certain energy, the viewer will feel it, regardless of geography and culture."

Now scroll down below and check the interesting photos of life in Russia for yourself!

More info: aleksandrpetrosyan.com | Instagram | Facebook (h/t: dyt)

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Tomasz Jeziorowski
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3 years ago

Well, why not? If you don't have a balcony this seems all right :)

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

One and Two stretch.

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Bridgette David
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3 years ago

Me at family dinners.

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Country_princess
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3 years ago

That would be nice to do

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

beautiful

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

don't worry folks, she's goth not emo.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

She just took the "walk of shame" to a whole new level

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John L
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3 years ago

Streetwise cow, who knows where she is going in life.

Hamlets twin
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3 years ago

Russian Beatles cover band?

Kostas Papadakis
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3 years ago

Milky Way...

Andrew Cas
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3 years ago

The milkmans dog

chachkimooch
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3 years ago

So much for the cattle guard...

Barbara Baxendale
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3 years ago

She's outta here !!

Emma Thomas
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3 years ago

I thought this only happened in small rural latin american towns

jevais
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3 years ago

This can happen anywhere in the world. Here in Switzerland, this happens sometimes that cows run astray.

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Lena Maximova Sutherland
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3 years ago

photoshopped. UGH! No, we do not have cows in the streets in Russia.

Keith Verret
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3 years ago

Milk delivery by 6am, guaranteed or it is free!

Lynn Ruth Greyling
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3 years ago

Well it's not a cattle crossing, is it?

Sylvia Ann
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3 years ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Nhung Ngô
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3 years ago

Moscow : )

Rhon
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3 years ago

Morning!

Viktória Nagy
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3 years ago

Just another ordinary Thursday...

Mark Tan
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3 years ago

no worries guys ;) nuthin to see here .. just on my way to deliver my milk hehehe

Polianne Gonzalez
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3 years ago

Now is the cow doing her walk of shame

Kathleen Ryan
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3 years ago

This would make a great postcard

Intensive Panda
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3 years ago

In Soviet Russia...

Ricardo Garcia Jr.
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3 years ago

Meanwhile in Russia....

Dinah J
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3 years ago

seeing it was udderly the greatest thing I saw that day.

Dinah J
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3 years ago

I think I saw this cow when I was there.

Nicole Rosandich
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3 years ago

forget the Wall street Bull

Magdalena Žugec
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3 years ago

Look I've been to Russia.😂

Kevin Donegan
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3 years ago

Milk delivery to your home?

Sarai Morrissette
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3 years ago

Moo.

Pronoy De
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3 years ago

This is what The Beatles walked away from, perpendicularly​

Pronoy De
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3 years ago

This is what The Beatles walked away from, perpendicularly​

John L
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3 years ago

Even cows have to get from one place to another, right? ;D

Napo Allenius-Tapiovaara
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3 years ago

The left back leg made me think that this is photoshopped.. It just doesn't look normal.

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Marie La Souris
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3 years ago

wtf

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

Grandmas are better then police they can beat you without being fired lol

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Sajib Tanvir
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3 years ago

Amazing

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

... and zero ducks were given.

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Danuta Starwars
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3 years ago

Na zdarowie!

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

this is the most moving photo in the entire gallery.

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Great composition.

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Sophia Bozok
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3 years ago

Omg I used to be that girl. What was I thinking?

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Meri Martikainen
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3 years ago

:D

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AcousticGString
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3 years ago

Don't let Putin catch you!

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

You know she is trying not to laugh.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

He's just doing his part to help put out the fire!

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Miglė Makauskaitė
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3 years ago

Lenin with Stalin?

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Christina Wood
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3 years ago

This is a glorious picture. Would love a big canvas print of it.

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Ruth Meszaros
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3 years ago

Enigmatic--does the man need help from the doves to get out of the churchyard or something?

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Charlotte Smeets
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3 years ago

the whole series is kind of post-apocalyptic

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Cahit Andaç
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3 years ago

wow Russians took human cloning to whole new level -_-

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

Should we, they won't know it was us, I'm telling you there are hundreds of us, what they going to do a DNA test on all the poop they find?

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TheReader19
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3 years ago

This picture is so sad, the kid look so poor. However; kids are always so positive and happy no matter what their situation

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

what is it with russians and mannequins?

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Katarina Bbaale
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3 years ago

Mowgli

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FAKENAME FAKENAME
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3 years ago

Crazy cat woman... not so rare

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Marissa Gracey
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3 years ago

Don't worry! I'll catch you!

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FAKENAME FAKENAME
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3 years ago

Hello dogger

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Thomas O'Keefe
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3 years ago

Monday's are universal.

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Constantin Cramaroc
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3 years ago

I love this photo, well done

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

What the &#$@ is happening here?

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Cathy Shift
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3 years ago

they're wearing dress pants. thank you, i'll be here all week.

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Polianne Gonzalez
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3 years ago

Ok now I absolutely love it that camera oh my God I'm going to Russia just to get one of those camera beautiful just beautiful

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Jonathan Eatsalot
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3 years ago

Eyes up honey

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Looks like she's helping a miniature man up the ladder

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Napolean

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Lena Maximova Sutherland
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3 years ago

Stunning shot!

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Bogdan Ionescu
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3 years ago

These photo are so cringey! They're magnificent!

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Ana Super
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3 years ago

Look at the dog eyes so dreamy...

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Ellen Knight
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3 years ago

Beautiful

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

My eyes are up here.

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Katarina Bbaale
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3 years ago

Pride and prejudice

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Tipsy King
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3 years ago

Why take limos when you can take pony

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

The kitty pied piper

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Joseph Ryan
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3 years ago

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Anybody want a three-some?

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

WOW, you are right it is COLD.

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Andrew Cas
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3 years ago

Plucka duck just plucked

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

you know what she's thinking ... "F*CK YOU!" lol

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Deneille Smith
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3 years ago

Super!

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

Her eyes say it all.

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Πέτρος Μπουρνιάς
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3 years ago

In Soviet Russia cats and dogs are comrades..

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Tim Dressler
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3 years ago

Just, "Wow!"

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Мышь из Нижний!
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10 months ago

I wonder what he sees.

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Idontactuallyliketurtles
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3 years ago

Me when I remember there is school tomorrow

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

Just like here, cover over the man holes, come back later to dig them up again.

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Jace
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3 years ago

So much for security.

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Gábor Lendvai
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3 years ago

Pyramid Head: The Early Years

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Pobin Rice
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3 years ago

FAKE!!! no Russian ever wasted alcohol. EVER.

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Meowoui
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3 years ago

No, I didn't do it I swear.