The second-best thing to travelling is looking at breath-taking travel photographs. The grass always seems greener on the other side, and nobody can be in two places at the same time. If you find yourself in the middle of the summer, but craving some frosty winter, or if you’re right by the ocean, but in the mood for some Siberian tundra, follow these astonishing Russian travel photographers.
Sergei Pesterev is not a full-time photographer, he has, however, played an important role in Russia’s photography scene. He’s based in Moscow, but his favourite subject to photograph is Siberia and its unusual beauty. Occasionally, he also shares snaps from his travels to exotic places.
Ksenia Sazanovich is another Russian photographer who discovers the beauty of Siberia to the world. She combines travel and fashion photography, shooting models in the beautiful landscapes of Siberia. She makes an excellent use of texture and colour. Follow her Instagram for a regular dose of inspiration.
Polina Rusakova is a photographer to follow by the lovers of the outdoors. Her favourite subjects to photograph are the hidden gems of the Ural mountains. The Urals are equally beautiful in winter as they are in the summer, and Polina Rusakova knows exactly how to show it.
Aleksey Matveev is a nature and travel photographer based in Russia and mostly inspired by the beauty of Baikal. He is on the lookout for shapes and textures, he makes an extensive use of lines and naturally occurring patterns.
Ilya Mikhailov is a travel photographer of a different kind than the ones mentioned above. He focuses on city subjects and takes all of his pictures with a mobile phone. His photographs prove that technical limitations are the key to creativity.
Alex Mazurov is a professional photographer based in Moscow. His portfolio includes an impressive list of publications. His work has taken him to many places all around the globe. It led him to decide that, ultimately, the place he wants to get to know best is his very own country. He is one of the founders of the Russian Explorers collective, a group of travel photographers in love with the beauty of Russia.
Iliya Voskresenskii is another member of the Russian Explorers collective. He is a professional photographer, videographer and blogger. He divides his time between Moscow and St. Petersburg. His photography emphasises how truly majestic Russian landscapes can be.
Magomed Shapiev, yet another one of the Russian Explorers, is a photographer based in the republic of Dagestan, In his photographs, he paints a romantic, melancholic image of the beautiful yet troubled Caucasus.