People of Instagram would do anything for likes, no matter how dangerous, disrespectful or stupid it is. The latest trend on Instagram is taking photos near or in “Novosibirsk Maldives,” a gorgeous azure lake in Siberia. The problem is that a nearby coal plant uses this artificial lake to dump ash, so it’s heavily polluted. But it seems that the Insta-craze has gone so far, that the company running the plant had to issue an official warning against swimming in it.
Amongst Russia’s Kuril Islands is the uninhabitable island of Raikoke. It’s uninhabitable because it’s essentially just a giant volcano. The last eruption at Raikoke was in 1924 and it’s been dormant ever since. But a few days ago it erupted in grand fashion.
We’ve seen all kinds of weird methods for taking down drones. But if you’ve been wondering what the most dangerous one may be – I think I’ve just found it. Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has created a monster: a drone that flies around and literally shoots at other drones with a shotgun.
We have seen people destroying works of art, nature, and their own lives while taking selfies. A few days ago, a visitor of an exhibition in Russia managed to ruin two works of iconic artists: Salvador Dalí and Francisco Goya. While the Goya painting only had the glass and the frame damaged, in Dalí’s case, the painting itself suffered the damage as well.
You know how you’re not supposed to fly a drone above 400 feet altitude? Well, a pilot from Russia managed to fly a 1.06 kg (2.3 lbs) drone at 33,000 feet, the altitude most airplanes use for cruising.
There probably aren’t very many of us who haven’t heard of Vivian Maier, a street photographer whose work was discovered accidentally after it was sold at an auction. But she is not the only photographer whose marvelous work would be discovered only after her death.
In 2017, Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan found a dusty box of 30,000 negatives in the attic of her home in Pushkin, Saint Petersburg. They belonged to her mother, Masha Ivashintsova, who took the photos between 1960 and 1999. Masha rarely showed her work to anyone, so Asya developed the films and what she discovered was astounding. A collection of poetic, documentary, emotional and gloomy photos documenting Masha’s life, and the time in which she lived.
Some people would do anything for Instagram likes and for presenting themselves cooler/richer/more fun than they actually are. Some companies seem to have recognized it and started earning money from it. One of them is Russian company Private Jet Studio. They are renting private jets for photoshoots, so you can fool your Instagram followers than you’re posher than you actually are.
The timelapse movies don’t seem to have come as thick and fast as they did last year. There’s been a few good ones, showing rare events and unusual techniques. But still not in the quantities that 2016 brought. One person we can always rely on to give us some timelapse and hyperlapse eye-candy, though, is Kirill Neiezhmakov.
In the film, White nights in Saint Petersburg, we’re taken on a tour of St Petersburg, Russia. We start in the evening, going through the night, with fireworks and a wild variety of coloured lights. Kirill’s got hyperlapse down to an art form, with some very cool tricks in post to take things to the next level.