Midnight in St Petersburg
I was lucky enough to visit St Petersburg in Russia for a couple of days in mid-summer 2013. I only spent a short while in the city but I was stunned by the splendour of the “Venice of the North.”
The summer capital of Russia during the Tsars era is a gorgeous city and of course, we don’t get to know our Russian cousins nearly as well as we should because… well politics and human stupidity.
This is a direct lift from a photo I took on a river cruise around the Neva river one evening. This was towards the end of the trip, so it was gone midnight and the cruise was billed as “White Nights” – indeed it didn’t start until gone 10pm that evening and ended around 1:30am. The light was almost as bright as midday and it was warm and pleasant even at that time of day (night?) much to my surprise.
Obviously the city has undergone a huge amount of restoration in recent years – but it was interesting to see all these neo-classical buildings, but occasionally one would spy a concrete communist pile (invariably in considerably worse shape than the other buildings) sandwiched between them, an interesting juxtaposition.
All in all, a beautiful city and one I’d love to go back to.
The astute amongst you might realise I’ve used a touch of white gouache to pick out some highlights – a technique I hope to discuss a bit more in the future.