Ice Fishing on Lake Onega
Name: Igor Podgorny
Profession: Geology teacher. Right now doing freelance photography.
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.
Translation by Jim Hess.
Photo credit: Igor Podgorny
The Saami's Story
Russian Life is a 29-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.
PO Box 567
Montpelier VT 05601-0567