Backyard window

Saint Petersburg is famous for it’s baroque and neoclassical buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries and for it’s pompous cathedrals and castles along Newskij Prospekt and the Neva river. Deserted, decayed and dark courtyards as well as run down facades give the impression of the past and characterize the sowjetic history of the town. Kommunalkas and the surrounding courtyards became a dominant type of residential facilities within the sowjetic history. They are still present and today home to about 15 percent of the less moneyed population. Nowadays often closed with locked gates and invisible to tourists these courtyards spread out as a hidden world of it’s own. My pictures provide an insight into this world. They show that there is a world beside the pompous aristocratic side of town.

St. Petersburg, 2009