Murmansk, Russia: Part Three “the hike to Alyosha”

Being that I’ve already composed two posts about Murmansk, I need not say much in this final post – the pictures will speak more.  Due to the minimal amount of daylight that Murmansk experiences directly surrounding the winter solstice, you will find a beautiful daytime glow – almost like a few hours of twilight.  The sun actually never rises above the horizon and the result is this beautiful cool light that penetrates the city briefly and compliments the industrial glow.  In this short time of “daylight,” we made our way up the mountain in search of the soldier Alyosha, who watches over the city from his high perch.  We never actually made it to him before daylight faded, but we came very close.  These are the images from that hike up the mountain amidst the dirty grey snow-covered terrain.

the brilliantly red building with yellow “arms.”

the thing – could not figure out what this contraption might be used for.

the car mechanics’ garages.

ye old car.

Washing Cars is not Permitted.


Glowing Apartment Windows.

Almost made it to Alyosha, but could never quite get there.

As the “sun” light quickly fades and the sky changes color, the city begins to glow.

illuminated ships, purple skies and the sound of creaking crane arms.

And as the sun sinks even further, the colors keep on changing.

the factory windows.

hillside dachas.

what I called “the spider dome”.

Alyosha also begins to glow.

glowing flames and the yellow shack.

the frozen Lada.

back at the bottom of the mountain.

7 thoughts on “Murmansk, Russia: Part Three “the hike to Alyosha”

  1. These photos are absolutely stunning, especially the colours! Thank you for sharing these posts about Murmansk, it leaves me with a sort of haunted awe and desire to experience it myself.

  2. great photos! I am tempted to ask you what kind of filters you have been using while editing them, but I totally understand that photographer is like a magician, who should not expose her secrets

    • thanks mariyaboyko! I don’t really use any filters, just color correction and basic things like sharpening, contrast, etc. I like deep saturated colors, but try to keep it simple. If I were to re-edit these photos (and some I have for publishing elsewhere), I would make them even simpler.

      • yeah, simplicity is very valuable, especially now when everything is usually photoshopped to death. I recently went to a photo exhibition by Patti Smith. She takes all the photographs with a Polaroid camera and does not edit anything at all! Now – that`s a bit extreme, but surprisingly, the pics were good despite the lack of editing

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