Alexander Petrosyan is a professional Russian photographer taking up his immediate surroundings as his topic! He is a St. Petersburg-based artist, and knows every nook and cranny of the city by heart!
The story goes, Alexander received his first camera at age 12 and it was then he caught the photographer’s bug. Throughout the years he would sometimes withdraw and then come back to it, but he decided to be a full-time dedicated photographer in 2000.
Since then, he has amassed many photographs depicting the city he lives in, St. Petersburg, in the most unusual fashion. He understands and uses the absurdity of everyday life to create timeless images.
“This is my world,” Alexander says.
St. Petersburg is the second-largest and one of the most westernized cities in Russia. It’s an important and cultural capital. It was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO back in 1991 due to it’s historic, architectural and artistic heritage.
Real Life With a Sense of Humor
His photos are a depiction of life as it happens for the Regular Joe, with all it’s tragic and comic elements.
Being the photographer that he is, he never leaves his home without his camera, a backup battery or a different lens here and there.
“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.”
The stories that he tells through his lens give color and drama to regular Russian life.
Some of the scenarios he depicts are fantastical in nature, very similar to the images one might envision while reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
When describing his photography, I believe that one would use the words fantastical, satirical and grotesque. Since it truly is!
Take a look at some of the photos below and tell me how you feel about them!