Winters in Moscow are not that bad. It does get cold though, and when the mercury hits -15ºC, the river freezes and, usually, the sun comes out. ‘Arctic Front’ they call it; one of the most beautiful times: the air is crisp, your nose freezes, and the incredible Muscovite sky is bright blue, turning the city into a beautiful winter wonderland. I took this photo on one of those days: the sun was rising timidly over the buildings and the power plant was filling an empty sky with clouds. The light was warm but the temperature wasn’t.
I was on my way to work on Balchug Island, right in front of the Kremlin in central Moscow. I was walking on the footpath that connects the island to the rest of the city, right in front of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, also known as the ‘Pussy Riot Church’, as it is there the group performed and was subsequently arrested.
This is just one of the many Moscows there are: cold and warm, contemporary and historical, bright and sombre, and always exciting.