In the morning of 27 January 1837, the great Russian poet Pushkin had breakfast at the Literary Café on Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, before going to a duel with the French Baron d'Anthès, to be mortally wounded, and to die two days later. The baron had been courting Pushkin's wife and the poet had challenged the baron to a duel on pistols for un-gentlemanly behaviour.
This picture shows Pushkin (in wax) in the Literary Café - supposedly at the table where he sat 167 years ago. In those days the café was a meeting place for the romatic intellectuals, today it is a tourist trap. But the place is still there, with live music throughout the day - and it manages to ooze history quite well.
This is just a snapshot I managed to take on the way out, when the guard looked the other way. I had the impression that asking for authorisation would have cost me an extra 100 rubles. No post-processing, just cropping and resizing.
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bertolucci (13358) 2004-06-03 16:22
Nice snapshot, Per. I like the sharp contrast of the poet receding in the shadows of the past vs. the bright light of the present outside the cafe. Love all of these old writers paraphernalia. Fine job and thanx for your splendid note!
Galeota (10338) 2004-06-04 0:48
Nice documentary photograph. Pushkin deserves also his place in TE, being a monument of the russian (and universal, in fact) literature. Thank you for sharing.
jhm (141107) 2004-06-04 7:13
A precese all authentic Per, very nice of colours, excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Burnham (2428) 2004-06-04 14:18
Very good atmosphere here, maybe converting into sepia or something would make it look really old. I like the way you've made him look alive, I bought it from the thumbnail.
- Copyright: Per Hoj (hojper) (2832)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-05-13
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Casio EX-Z4
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2004
- Date Submitted: 2004-06-03 16:16