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Tuesday, February 02, 2016


by Igor Podgorny

Name: Igor Podgorny

Age: 38

Profession: Geology teacher. Right now doing freelance photography.

City: Petrozavodsk

How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? 
Over 10 years. I am particularly interested in photographing wildlife. 

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for?

Karelia is the land of forests and lakes. Wildlife, which I love to photograph most of all, begins at the very edge of the cities. Occasionally, within these same cities, you might encounter various types of animals and birds. Of course we have many tourist attractions in close proximity to Petrozavodsk, such as the Kizhi Architectural Preserve and Kivach Falls. 

What is something about your city that only locals would know?

Petrozavodsk is not a very large city. The city's main street begins at Vokzal Square and descends down to Lake Onega. Lake Onega is the second largest lake in Europe.

Arrive at the train station, and you can take a leisurely stroll down to the lake in 20 minutes.

The history of Petrozavodsk is widely accepted to have begun in 1703. It was founded by Russian tsar Peter the First.

Recently on the internet, the following "hashtag"  appeared:


Basically, "I love Petrozavodsk"

In the local dialect, we have some unique words. For example : "lambushka – a local word for a forest-edged lake and "rebushi" – dirty, torn clothing.

There are still signs written in Finnish in some markets, stores and various establishments. There is also the locally renowned "Secret of the Third Column" music theatre. 

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?

Kizhi Island, Kivach Falls and Ruskeala Mountain Park. 

Anything else you would like to add?

I returned to Petrozavodsk after living in Moscow for 18 years. I was not sorry in the least. For me, Karelia is difficult not to love. This is the place that I feel most in touch with my soul.

There are ancient wooden churches and Karelian villages, hunting and fishing, trips along the wildlife forests, or negotiating the river's rapids.

A trip to Karelia is worth taking at least once in a lifetime. Here, everything is at hand. You are able to take in quite a bit in a relatively short trip. 

Igor's website. 

Translation by Jim Hess.

  • Canoe

    Who said that canoeing is only a summer activity? In Karelia, the tourist sphere is active year-round. Today Dmitry and Pavel, who are instructors in Karjala Park, have decided to raft a bit. They couldn't just miss such weather. "Cold frost and sunshine; day of wonder!" as Alexander Pushkin wrote.

    Igor Podgorny

  • Kivach

    Kivach nature reserve was the first protected area in Karelia and also one of the oldest in Russia. It was founded in 1931 and named for the waterfall of the same name. It is located 80 km to the north of Petrozavodsk. The main attraction of the reserve is Kivach waterfall on the Suna River. Water falls in four levels. The total height of the waterfall from the top to the bottom of the river is 10.7 m. For a long time Kivach was considered to be the largest planar waterfall in Russia and the second largest plain waterfall in Europe after the Rhine waterfall in Switzerland. Currently the waterfall has lost its due to the dam built upstream. Nevertheless Kivach is the most accessible and famous of Karelian waterfalls. 
    Igor Podgorny

  • Christmas

    On January 7, Orthodox Russians celebrate one of the major holidays of the year - Christmas. In the photo: St. Catherine the Great Church in Petrozavodsk on Christmas day.
    Igor Podgorny

  • Ermine

    An ermine spotted in the center of Petrozavodsk. I shot this cute guy 300 meters from Kirov Square, where the main Christmas tree in Petrozavodsk is installed. First I saw running mouse and a minute later this handsome animal. This is not the first time I have taken a picture of wildlife in the city. 

    Igor Podgorny

  • Dvor Art

    Petrozavodsk - a courtyard on Pravda street. Car tires, stones, washbowls, barrels, old bicycle. Andrey Petrovich who lives here make these art objects from different old unnecessary stuff.
    Igor Podgorny

  • Ducks

    Dozens of ducks wintering in Petrozavodsk. They live in small city rivers where open holes in the ice remain unfrozen even in strong frosts. Birds have tough times now. But citizens try to help by feeding them every day. Igor Podgorny

  • Walkers

    Cold weather doesn't frighten hunters, fishermen and... Nordic walkers of all age. This kind of sport has become increasingly popular in Petrozavodsk. Nordic walkers like to stride along the embankment and in the forest on the outskirts of the city whatever the weather.
    Igor Podgorny

  • Skating

    It's cold in Karelia now. This morning it was nearly minus 30 C in Petrozavodsk. Not extremely much for northern region. But nevertheless most citizens prefer to stay at home even on the weekend. There were only three people at the skating rink in the city center this morning. Igor Podgorny

  • Storm

    Petrozavodsk is a northern city. Cold winters used to be typical. But in recent years real winter comes only in the middle of December. Yesterday and today there was a strong snowstorm. The temperature lowed to 15 degrees Celsius below zero and strong wind was blowing all day long. The monument to Peter the Great, the founder of the city, is barely visible in this shot.
    Igor Podgorny

  • Fishing

    There are more than 60 thousand lakes in Karelia. As many as fishermen, I guess. This winter all fishing fans were waiting for ice to set. Finally we got it. Although today was 24 degrees Celsius below zero we went fishing. We were on the ice of one of the bays of Lake Onega from early morning. The man with ice on his mustache in the picture is Dmitry, a manager in the adventure tourism company, 36 years old. Dima moved to Petrozavodsk after 13 years of living in Moscow. Last year we took him to the ice for first time. This year he has got special sledge, fishing box and other fishing stuff. He also managed to interest his sons in ice fishing. Today not much was biting, but each of us caught some fish. As we say: we go fishing but not for fish. 
    Igor Podgorny

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