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© Elena Govorenkova
Conservation
Russia

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

I am 20 years old, I leave from my parents to live an independent family. After the familiar and understandable area where I grew up and became an adult, I get to the area. This is the working district of the St. Petersburg suburb, gloomy and not hospitable.

My life here was not easy, but I began to love my “small homeland” and accept this as it is, with imperfection around. When you walk along these streets it seems that time has stopped. It was conserved.

These buildings are 100 years old, they are not protected by the state, as architectural monuments. But this is also the history of the city. Not very famous and not advertised.

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Saint Petersburg_February_2019

Elena Govorenkova
Photography for me is always finding something new: new individual, new profession, new places I would never visit without it. The photography is the window that makes the world different. Each human being is the huge and very interesting world. Before taking pictures, I am trying to have some words with the person to be able to understand him better, listen to him, because only when you become more acquainted with each other there is a possibility to see not only his external but “inner” image, the true man.
I wander the city around a lot, trying to see miracles in routine things. Sometimes the street you crossed million times is being revealed under different light, and cracked wall paint forms magic objects and figures.

1 Comment

  • so subtle, so heartfelt.. I’ve never thought BEAUTY could be found in such areas like this, but you did it and did it so soulful.. With your photos you create a new world of ordinary things and this creation is exceptional.

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