A Different View: 10 St. Petersburg Instagram Accounts for a New Perspective
Bleak days of November inspire to look anywhere but outside. What if you could experience the city through the eyes of a ballerina, an antiques dealer or a botanist? Here’re 10 Instagram accounts that just might add a new dimension to how you see Saint Petersburg.
Alexander Petrosyan (title photo) is a professional photographer who captures everyday life in St. Petersburg through personal stories, silhouettes, sprawling views and sometimes just a glance. Print kind of pretty.
Podpisnie Izdaniya is an actual bookstore on Liteiny Prospect, 57. Established in 1926, it a place where you’re happy to disappear down the rabbit hole of books for all tastes, including rare editions. You’d expect their account to be filled with popular books, both in Russian and English, but it’s also an anytime escape into snug, warm place with coffee, scones and smart people.
Maria Khoreva was a student at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and now is a dancer with Mariinsky Theater. If you always wondered what it’s like to live ballet, this account is for you. It’s also a perfect place to be inspired to enjoy the beauty of arts and to keep up your own gym routine, even if it doesn’t involve pointe shoes.
The State Heritage’s official account, it’s your daily dose of art history in one paragraph, in Russian and English. Some posts feature a specific painting or artifact and talk about its history and cultural significance. Some just capture the play of light in the museum’s vast halls, and some focus on the museum’s unofficial guardians – the Hermitage cats.
Even on the gloomiest of days, the guys at St. Petersburg Botanical Gardens capture colors and beauty and plants that look like aliens and make sure we can see them too.
Olga, the owner of this account, says she’s tied to St. Petersburg with a merino wool thread. Chunky hand-knitted hats on marble lion? Nordic patterns in front of seascapes? It’s all about the warmth of harmony and connection.
If you love buildings, you’ll get a new perspective on St. Petersburg architecture in this account. It’s not all palaces and golden staircases – how about Leningrad modernism? Historic railroad stations? Anatomy of bridges? Neat stuff.
A private modern art museum can afford to play with colors and anything it wants really. Incredible wearable art? Colors and textures that form new dimensions? John Lennon? You got it.
Wondering where to get your love confession (or president’s portrait) printed on a cappuccino? Mushroom ice cream or corn flakes with purple milk anyone? Or maybe a bite of crab-leg cheesecake? The best part that food inspiration doesn’t (always) translate to calories.
This is a trip down the memory lane with artifacts from the Soviet past taking center stage. Why it’s neat? Because it’s about stories, cultural baggage and direct connections between say, an old German-made meat grinder and Sunday dinners and the fact that you can’t turn back time but you can always try.