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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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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John L
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Dinah J
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I sure hope the photographer did not leave the animal inside that car to starve...the melting snow around that window looks like it's been there a few days at least.

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Meowoui
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You know she is trying not to laugh.

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Christina Wood
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Julia Tingarov
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WOW! Y'all know this is Eastern Orthodox Cross? I love this composition!!!

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Cahit Andaç
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Meowoui
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Andrew Cas
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow a day in the Aussie outback only Russia

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Cathy Shift
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Polianne Gonzalez
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Bogdan Ionescu
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photo are so cringey! They're magnificent!

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Ana Super
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look at the dog eyes so dreamy...

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Jake Malone
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nobody is holding their crotch and only one guy has his legs crossed. What picture are you looking at?

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Meowoui
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WOW, you are right it is COLD.

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Amanda Panda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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