Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Name: Mikhail Solunin
City: Nizhny Novgorod
How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you?
About five years. At first, I was only interested in doing photojournalism for mass media and commercial shooting. Now I am more interested in documentary photo stories and personal projects.
Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for?
Nizhny Novgorod is located 430 kilometers from Moscow at the point where two of the largest rivers in European Russia: the Oka and the Volga. People call the place where the rivers meet Strelka ("arrow"). This is also the birthplace of famous people like the writer Maxim Gorky, the inventor Ivan Kulibin, the founder of Russian photojournalism Maxim Dmitriev, and the Russian politician and social activist Boris Nemtsov. In the past, Nizhny was famous for its Commercial Fair. Today the city's calling card is its kremlin, and its very modern Aerial Tram line, which spans 3660 meters and crosses the Volga River to the town of Bor. It is the only cable car in Russia or Europe that spans a body of water, in this case the 861 meters of the Volga.
What is something about your city that only locals would know?
Nizhny Novgorod is perhaps the only city in Russia where Lenin Prospect crosses Ilyich Prospect. The city also has a church located inside a railway car. However, the Church of the Icon of the Reigning Mother of God is stationary and has the address: Ignatiev Brothers 1, kilometer 3.
Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?
It is worth visiting the kremlin. Pay for an excursion inside its walls and walk along its perimeter. One should also visit the Chkalovskaya Steps, on Fyodorovsky Embankment, from which there is a wonderful view of the lower part of the city, especially at sunset. Streets to visit include Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, Rozhdestvenskaya, Ilyinskaya.
Long ago, Mescherskoe Lake, the largest lae in Nizhny Novgorod, was part of the Volga River. Now it's a favorite places for leisure, for romantic dates, and where people sing and play guitar all night long. It would be a totally wonderful place if were not for the litter on the lake shore. Photo by @misha_solunin from Nizhny Novgorod
The main tourist attraction in Nizhny Novgorod and its architectural landmark is the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. This is the most ancient part of the city, first mentioned in the Chronicles in 1221, although most construction took place from 1508 to 1515. Like all kremlins in Russia, it was a fortress. Today is houses museums and buildings of the regional and municipal government. The best way to view Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is to go on a river cruise. Photo by @misha_solunin from Nizhny Novgorod
The odor of lighter fluid and shashlik fills the air as does loud music. One could start to feel dizzy. This is how holidays are here. Photo by @misha_solunin from Nizhny NovgorodMikhail Solunin
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