Rainy Russian Street Photography Resembles Oil Paintings by Eduard Gordeev

With the sole use of a camera, St. Petersburg-based photographer Eduard Gordeev creates wistful images of romance, which resemble oil paintings, around the iconic landmarks of Russia and Lisbon. Without the presence of a drop of paint, Gordeev captures the stormy skies and foggy film of the brooding landscape.

The artist layers and executes each blurred droplet with elegance and purpose. They beautifully swirled around the pavements and hit the camera screen in and out of focus. The bright colors are intentionally intensified and reflected on the scenery. To mimic the technique of oil, he skillfully blurs and diffuses light and shadows, following the Impressionists approach in movement.

The darkened skies, and drops of rain, which cloak the faces of strangers and the lights of the city come alive under the spell of the rain. The cosy weather conjures up enough magic to take an observer back in time and relive the hidden mystery and long forgotten beauty of classical oil paintings.


Looking Behind Closed Doors in St. Petersburg with @st.petersburger

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(This interview was conducted in Russian.)

Moscow is the capital of Russia, but St. Petersburg is the undisputed architectural crown jewel — with sites like Nevsky Prospekt, the Hermitage Museum and Kazan Cathedral. And while their grand exteriors are well-documented tourist destinations, Sergey Prokopenko (@st.petersburger) has another way to look at these buildings. “It’s hidden from intruders behind closed doors and security locks, inside the courtyards,” Sergey says, referring to the beauty he finds indoors. “This is the world of century-old stained glass, old oak staircases and abandoned attics, which still keep the possessions of the long gone occupants of the tenements.” The local doctor calls his trips to photograph interiors a quest: “For me, finding such locations becomes somewhat of a gamble: you never know what to expect behind the closed doors — an angry janitor or a gorgeous fireplace that hasn’t been affected by time.”


Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg (by Pat Lubas)


This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about.
Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East 


Hermitage Museum


Palace Square, 2,

St Petersburg, Russia, 190000

September 30 - November 21, 2015


Altınsoy Cad. No:3, Altındağ

Merkez Ankara, Turkey


Lecture: September 15, 7:00 pmSeptember 16 - December 13, 2015

Old Town Hall, Prague

Staroměstské náměstí 1/3,

110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

September 8 - September 30, 2015

Hickory Museum of Art

243 3rd Ave NE

Hickory, NC 28601

September 12 - May 8, 2016

Museum für Gestaltung

Ausstellungsstrasse 60

Zürich, Switzerland


July 3 - October 18, 2015

Arsenale di Venezia

Arsneale Nord-TESA 113 (Torre Porta Nuova)

Venice, Italy

September 23 - November 8, 2015