Dispatches: Mikhaylovka, Russia


Nothing is quite so loud as a shutter clicking in an empty 17th century church.

That’s the church, St. Michael’s, behind me as I do the venerated “Ye Olde Arm’s Length Self Portrait” shot. It was last October and we were about an hour or so outside of Saratov, Russia, in a little village called Mikhaylovka. To say it’s a small village is to speak the truth. Our driver, Ramis, wanted to take us out to the church and it was certainly worth the drive.

We were the only ones there, save for the older woman who was doing the daily chores. It was as quiet as anything, and though an air of solemnity was prevalent, we still had to shoot some photos.

The clicks sounded like bombs going off. We kept it to the bare minimum. Seriously, we did.

After a while I took a stroll. About a half mile or so up the dirt road, I stopped to chat with a neighbor. Quiet chap…I wasn’t going to be cowed by him though.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2010 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 or PSE6 and Nik Software.

3 thoughts on “Dispatches: Mikhaylovka, Russia

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