Name: Olga Titova
How long have you been doing photography? What style or genre most interests you? I have been doing photography since 2012. Mainly I do street photography, and during the time I have been doing it, I have won a number of Russian and foreign competitions in this genre.
Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Tver is located at the junction of three rivers: the Volga, Tmaka and Tvertsa. During the time of the Tatar-Mongol Yoke, under Prince Mikhail Tversky, Tver was the capital of the middle Russian lands. It was a strong, fortified city where various crafts thrived. During the uprising of Ivan Kalita, the city was destroyed, and it never regained its previous greatness.
Today, Tver is a typical oblast capital, a statistically average provincial Russian city with very nice architecture. The city has a unique, radial street plan with round public spaces, which in itself is a monument to city development. It was bequeathed to us by Catherine II. On her personal directive, the city was rebuilt by her favorite architects after a huge fire in the eighteenth century. Tver stretches along the banks of the Volga river, giving the city a sense of spaciousness and width.
What is something about your city that only locals would know? Tverichi [that's the name locals have for themselves] love to give their buildings and monuments nicknames, for example:
Tver has many rivers and bridges and there is the tradition here, on one's wedding day, after registration at ZAGS, for the groom to carry his bride in his arms across all seven bridges. When this is taking place, all passing drivers will slow down and honk, cheering the groom on. Traffic slows to a crawl on the bridges and everyone expresses great empathy for the young man. No one hurries, waiting for the husband to get his wife to the end of the bridge.
Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?
Photo by @mnogolala from Tver
Photo credit: Olga Titova
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