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Follow of the week: unexpected sides of St Petersburg by photographer Anton Vaganov

21 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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St Petersburg is known for its imperial grandeur and palaces lining the geometrical lines of perfectly parallel and perpendicular avenues. Local and visiting Instagram stars rarely pay homage to the city's suburbs and high rises — after all, they're not as vast and ubiquitous as those in Moscow and other Russian cities, where the cult of concrete is much more prominent.

Follow photographer Anton Vaganov for the unexpected angles of the city, for chaotic, ordered, romantic and gloomy photos of suburbs, and for snapshots of the city's everyday life: from church services and sporting competitions to car parks, humourous shots and random everyday beauty

There is also some occasional haunting reportage-style photography — outtakes from the photographer's daytime job as a photographer for local newspaper Delovoy Peterburg.

Andrejs Strokins on the extraordinary photo that went from local news to viral meme

20 February 2017 · Riga · Latvia
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  • The original image taken on 15 Jan 2007 by Andrejs Strokins/EPA

  • One of the many memes the image has inspired

  • One of the many memes the image has inspired

Latvian photographer Andreijs Strokins is interested in “everyday errors” — random and comical moments of failure, incongruity and irony — which he finds on streets corners and billboards and records on his phone. Yet, his most memorable “everyday error” to date is one that involved the photographer himself. 

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Photo of the week: a view of Georgia’s hidden gem, before its “Sharm El Sheikh” makeover

17 February 2017 · Georgia
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Dia Takácsová, from the series <em>Sakartvelo</em> (2014-ongoing)

Our photo of the week by Slovak photographer Dia Takácsová gives a taste of summertime in Georgia. The beach is located in Anaklia, a town that is undergoing a major transformation into the “Sharm El Sheikh of the Black Sea coast” initiated by former president Mikhail Saakashvili.

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Reflect on movement and space with yoga in Slovenia’s historic Javorca church

15 February 2017 · Slovenia
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  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

  • From The Urban Yoga series by Anja Humljan. Image: Primož Lukežič

Slovenian architect and performer Anja Humljan has collaborated with photographer Primož Lukežič to explore the connection between architecture and the body. In this photo series, Humljan investigates and reflects on the architecture of the historic Javorca church through physical movement within the sacred space.

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Follow of the week: photographer Tõnu Runnel captures the Baltic allure of Estonia

14 February 2017 · Tallinn · Tartu · Estonia
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Image: Tõnu Runnel on Instagram

Follow Estonian photographer Tõnu Runnel on Instagram for a daily dose of inspiration.

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Photo of the week: a vertigo-inducing view from above Poznań‘s smog

10 February 2017 · Poznań · Poland
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Our photo of the week by Polish photographer Jędrzej Franek shows a tower block in his home town Poznań from an incredible height. 

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Belarusian photographer Alexey Shlyk looks back on an innovative DIY culture

9 February 2017 · Belarus
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  • The Potato Picker, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Lamp, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Vaset, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Paper Hat, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Flower Pot, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • Weight Lifter, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Chair, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

  • The Chicken House, The Appleseed Necklace, 2016, Alexey Shlyk

In his series The Appleseed Necklace, Antwerp-based Belarusian photographer Alexey Shlyk reflects on the creativity and resourcefulness that so shaped his childhood.

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Ukrainian startup launches the vintage instant camera of your hipster dreams

8 February 2017 · Ukraine
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(Image: Jollylook)

Check out the vintage-style instant camera from Ukrainian startup Jollylook, the first of its kind to be made from recycled paper and cardboard.

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British photographer wounded in Ukraine conflict

6 February 2017 · Ukraine
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Photograph from Holy Water, Christopher Nunn

British photographer Christopher Nunn sustained injuries last week during the shelling of the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka.

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Photo of the week: life becomes art in this Murmansk snowscape

2 February 2017 · Murmansk · Russia
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Following last week's adventures outdoor swimming in wintry Norilsk, this week we return to the Russian North, heading further into the Arctic Circle to Murmansk with Polish-born photographer Tori Ferenc

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