Photographer's Note

This is a view of Palace Square, with the Winter Palace behind. The palace is now home to the Hermitage art museum, one of the largest collections of art in the world. In the centre of the square is the massive Alexander Column, which was built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1812. The column is one solid piece of granite, and is apparently only kept in place by the force of gravity (in this case 600 tonnes) and is not attached to the base. In the lower left you can see a pair of people hired to dress as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and pose for pictures with tourists - it was virtually impossible to escape them, as there were pairs just like this at almost every major site in St. Petersburg. I think every man in St. Petersburg over 2m in height must have been employed in this capacity!

Photo notes: If you notice that the lines on the ground are not parallel with the bottom of the photo, it's because I was not shooting straight on at the building, but was at a slight angle, which I did in order to get the cloud behind the column. This makes the straight lines appear to converge towards the right. The base of the building is the only line that is really level.

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