Name: Pavel Byrkin

Age: 29

Profession: Photo editor

City: Mtsensk, Orlov oblast

How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? I have been doing photography since 2010. I love to shoot when I travel, outdoors. Recently I have been doing lots of portrait work.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Mtsensk is a small city with a population of 40,000, located 300 kilometers south of Moscow. The city is best known as the location for Nikolai Leskov's story "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Region."

What is something about your city that only locals would know? One of the city's regions is named BAM, since it was built at the same time as the famous railway.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? Ten kilometers from the city is the estate of Ivan Turgenev, Spasskoye-Lutovinovo. You must also climb to the top of Samorod Mountain and view the city from this high point.

Anything else? My website is here.

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