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"Our Russia" Via the Camera Lens of Valeri Akopov

In keeping with the new series "Our Russia", here's a photo journey across the face of Russia, literally...

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We began a photographic journey around Russia the other day which focused on the May 9th victory celebrations. Today we’d like to present you with some out of the ordinary, yet everyday photographs with permission from Valeri Akopov (Валерий Акопов).

Russia, the enormity of the place, it can also be gleaned through the vision that Russian people are. Just so, from the "beautiful" cliché to the everyday homecoming, an utterly amazing and immense subject. 

<figcaption>From Photo Forum Moscow (Valeri Akopov)</figcaption>
From Photo Forum Moscow (Valeri Akopov)

The images below are some random shots I selected from Valeri's photo blog. They reflect the temperament and drama of the real live Russian people, beyond the headlines most people see. My goal here is to share with you, the same journey me and some compatriots are making, across the face of Russia. 

Some levity goes a long way (Valeri Akopov)
Some levity goes a long way (Valeri Akopov)
"Two Graces" (Valeri Akopov)
"Two Graces" (Valeri Akopov)
"Gifts of the Sun"
"Gifts of the Sun"
"Sunny Weather"
"Sunny Weather"
From the series "In Sunny weather, the children really want to frolic"
From the series "In Sunny weather, the children really want to frolic"
Russia
"Girl Dream"
"Girl Dream"
"Just a Peek"
"Just a Peek"
"Progress"
"Progress"
"At First"
"At First"
"Little Conspiracy"
"Little Conspiracy"
"Beautiful Cliché)
"Beautiful Cliché)
"Photo-photo-shoes-photograph"
"Photo-photo-shoes-photograph"

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