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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


by Anastasia Bogomolova

Name: Anastasia Bogomolova

Age: 31

Profession: Artist

City: Chelyabinsk

How long have you been doing photography? Since 2012.

What style or genre most interests you? Conceptual photography – it is one of the tools in my work as an artist.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Chelyabinsk is a million-resident city in the southern Urals. It was founded as a fortress in the 1730s and at the end of the nineteenth century it was transformed from a district city into a huge center for transport and trade. And in the 1930s and 1940s it became a large industrial construction center such that today is is one of the largest industrial sites in the region. But, yes, Chelyabinsk is now most famous thansk to the meteorite which exploded 15-25 km over our city in February 2013.

What are some things that only locals would know about the city?

1. One of the city's unofficial names is Tankograd, which relates to the military era. During the Second World War Chelyabinsk was the site for intensive production of tanks and other military vehicles.

2. Chelyabinsk was the first city in Russia to memorialize John Lennon. In 2000 the city named a boulevard after the famous musician, yet to this day this street does not have a single building, just a sign.

3. Chelyabinsk is the only city in the country which has a sprawling forest in its midst. The grove is a 20 minute walk from the central square and covers 12 square kilometers.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?

1. Kirovka – the city's main pedestrian street, with buildings that have been preserved from the nineteenth century. Locals call it the Chelyabinsk Arbat, but it has had many names (Ufimsky, Yekaterinburgsky, Raboche-Krestyansky). You can see popular bronze sculptures of a beggar (sitting in front of a bank), a peasant reading a decree (at the regional legislative assembly), a shoe shine (near the shoe store), an artists, a fire wagon, etc. Gallant and pseudo-historical monuments stand alongside military memorials.

2. The Historical Museum of the Southern Urals – it has the largest known fragment of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite.

3. Of course, you have to go and see the forest mentioned.

Anything else? The most interesting is what lies beyond the bounds of the "required sites." Thus, when people come to visit me from other cities or countries, I never take them to these places, but lead them on an alternative itinerary, beginning with the metallurgical region, one of the most heavily saturated industrial regions (even by the standards of the very industrial Ural region). During the Second World War, all of the modern territory of this region was part of the labor camp known as Bakallag. Most of the prisoners there were Russian Germans, deported from the Volga region.


Instagram: @anabogomolova

  • Playground

    Chelyabinsk is a million-plus city with an industrial background. A hard city, as many Russians like to say (however, nobody in Chelyabinsk likes the expression). This is a children's park in the Metallurgical district (founded 1947). A fabulous place. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Rocks

    70 years ago this was the labor camp Bakallag. Most of the prisoners were Russian Germans resettled from the Volga region. They built many factories in Chelyabinsk (metallurgical, zinc, coke-chemical etc), and one of the camp places was the quarry. The worked hard, often only using their hands; the stones were used for road construction. In the 1970's, this quarry became a popular holiday destination for people in the Metallurgical district. Today it's a fishing spot for locals. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Skyscrapers

    Skyscrapers in Chelyabinsk. The Metallurgical district where I live is quite removed from the main part of the city, and I don't visit the center very often. That's why I'm always amazed at the new buildings. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Kiosk

    Morning! A street kiosk with artificial flowers on the market in the center of the city. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Swans

    Generally speaking, I like to walk around Chelyabinsk industrial areas. Sometimes you can chance upon something unexpected. For example, fences with painted landscapes and swans. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • River

    A river view a la Shishkin. Kashtaksky Forest is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations for residents of Metallurgical district in the suburbs of Chelyabinsk. It's a natural monument of regional importance located on the right bank of Miass River. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Metallurgical

    Morning in Metallurgical district of Chelyabinsk. Even by standards of a region with such significant industrial history, this district stands out from other urban districts because of its industrial potential. Almost 40% of the industrial production in Chelyabinsk is concentrated here. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Ural Kuznitsa

    Deep in the industrial hole. View of the plant Ural Kuznitsa. This is the largest Russian manufacturer of drop-forged products made of special steels and alloys. The plant produces the materials for rocket and space industry, aviation, oil and gas engineering, chemical, food and other industries. Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova

  • Miass

    View of the Miass River in Metallurgical district. Without exaggeration, this is one the main waterways of the Southern Urals and the main river of Chelyabinsk. It's length within the city is 36 km.

    Photo by Anastasia Bogomolova / @anabogomolova