the people.

One of my largest regrets of my time spent abroad in Russia and my travels to other post-Soviet countries, was that I did not take more photographs of the people. I don’t know if it’s that I don’t want to intrude on anyone’s privacy, or if I feel people might be intimidated by my 200mm lens, but….. either way, I hope I will gain more courage to photograph people as I travel in the coming years. For the time being, here are some photos of the people I encountered during my time abroad in Russia. I love observing people and these are some of my favorite candid “portraits” from my travels.

On that note, I’m happy to announce that my husband and I have rescheduled our trip to Russia and the Ukraine and if all goes according to plan (and I do not need another surgery!), I will be flying to Saint Petersburg at the end of May (just in time for White Nights!), and when my husband comes over, we will be visiting Chernobyl in June! This should give me some new material to post on my blog, and hopefully there will be much more to come in the future.

I could write more about these images and my thoughts, but I prefer to let these faces tell you their story……

two young females playing the violin on the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania.

two young females playing the violin on the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Russian Veteran gives a man in the crowd a hug during the Victory Day Parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A babushka marching in the Victory Day Parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A decorated babushka marching in the Victory Day Parade in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Little girl with her father, waiting for the Victory Day Parade to begin in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A little girl with her father, waiting for the Victory Day Parade to begin in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Casting Shadows: three young Estonian females play with their shadows at an abandoned Soviet youth center in Tallinn, Estonia.

Casting Shadows: three young Estonian females play with their shadows at an abandoned Soviet youth center in Tallinn, Estonia.

A babushka dancing on a summer afternoon in a park; Yelagin Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A babushka dancing on a summer afternoon in a park; Yelagin Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

So glad I got this photo before he passed away the following year.

MC Vspyshkin – a survivor of the Leningrad siege – marching in the Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2011.

Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Russian veteran and his "wife" marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Russian veteran and his “wife” marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Two babushkas walking in Tavricheskiy Sad in autumn; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Two babushkas walking in Tavricheskiy Sad in autumn; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A candid shot of veterans posing for the media on Victory Day; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A candid shot of veterans posing for the media on Victory Day; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Two Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Two Russian women marching in the Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Bohemian Kitty relaxing on a vehicle in Uzupio; Vilnius, Lithuania.

Bohemian Kitty relaxing on a vehicle in Uzupio; Vilnius, Lithuania.

Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A decorated Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2011.

Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2011.

Ukrainian man posing in front of the Timoshenko camp in Kiev, Ukraine.

A man posing in front of the Timoshenko camp in Kiev, Ukraine.

Юююююррррррааааа! Young woman waving to the crowd in the Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Юююююррррррааааа! Young woman waving to the crowd in the Victory Day Parade; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A well-decorated veteran marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A well-decorated veteran marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Russian woman marching in the Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Women sitting on a bench in the park at Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Women sitting on a bench in the park at Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A Lithuanian woman preparing her flowers for sale on the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania.

A Lithuanian woman preparing her flowers for sale on the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2011.

Victory Day Parade, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2011.

Vanya - our young train companion on the way to Murmansk, Russia.

Vanya – our young train companion on the way to Murmansk, Russia.

A man waiting with his son for the arrival of the train; Lithuania.

A man waiting with his son for the arrival of the train; Lithuania.

Walking in Tavricheskiy in autumn, wearing leaf crowns; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Walking in Tavricheskiy in autumn, wearing leaf crowns; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The dancing babushka joyfully laughing after she finishes her dance; Yelagin Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The dancing babushka joyfully laughing after she finishes her dance; Yelagin Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A little Russian girl trying to feed candy to a squirrel in the park at Pavlovsk; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A little Russian girl trying to feed candy to a squirrel in the park at Pavlovsk; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Having girl-talk; summer months, Zayachiy Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Having girl-talk; summer months, Zayachiy Ostrov, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Painting in the park at Saint Catherine's palace; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A young woman painting in the park at Saint Catherine’s palace; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Newlyweds sitting by the river on Zayachiy Ostrov; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Newlyweds sitting by the river on Zayachiy Ostrov; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Karaoke night in Riga, Latvia.

Karaoke night in Riga, Latvia.

Portrait wall art in Uzupio, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Portrait wall art in Uzupio, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Young people enjoying the white nights in Tallinn, Estonia.

Young people sitting out by the Baltic Sea during the white nights in Tallinn, Estonia.

Newlyweds; the modern Russian family; Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Newlyweds; the modern Russian family; Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Swimming in the river in summer, by Zayachiy Ostrov; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Swimming in the river in summer, by Zayachiy Ostrov; Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Vanya enjoying a nap on the long train ride to Murmansk, Russia.

Vanya enjoying a nap on the long train ride to Murmansk, Russia.