Photographer's Note

Palace Square is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful public squares in all of Europe. The vastness of this open space and the long horizontal lines created by the Imperial Army General Staff (pictured here) and the Winter Palace lead most residents of Saint Petersburg to insist that it is much larger than Moscow's Red Square. The enormous red granite Alexander Column towers in the center of the square, held in place only by its own sheer weight! The Italian architect Carlo Rossi designed the General Staff building and many other important Petersburg palaces and landmarks.

Photos of this square from the Russian revolution always captured my imagination in school, and it was one of the places I was most excited to see before my trip to Russia. The first moment I saw it could not have been more magical, as in a jet-lagged haze I stumbled with some friends unexpectingly through a small dark alleyway into the square hushed by falling snow.

I like this photo because it captures the hugeness of the square, but I think the sky is very boring. I would love have some ideas about how to make it more interesting! Thanks!

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