Street photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent many years venturing through the streets of St. Petersburg in an effort to capture an honest portrayal of what it’s like to live here. While travel documentaries and glossy postcards always add that extra filter, Petrosyan’s goal is to provide outsiders with a raw, and sometimes even grotesque, look at the unpredictable day-to-day life that unfolds on the streets he fondly calls home.

On his twelfth birthday, Petrosyan was gifted his first camera. He quit and then repicked photography up several times before turning professional in 2000. Now he never leaves home without his camera and a backup battery in tow.

Petrosyan cites his biggest inspiration as the streets of St. Petersburg, where he has lived his entire life. He’s seen it all--from the Russian Empire, to the surreal destruction caused by WWII, and then the rebirth of the city under Vladimir Putin.

Russia is rich with history, of which Petrosyan is very familiar. “This is my world,” he says.

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"Perception depends on many different factors. But if the picture is taken with a certain energy, the viewer will feel it, regardless of geography and culture."

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