1st Love Parade NYC

Today it was my great pleasure to participate and photograph 1st love Parade in NYC, which has been organized and put together by one of the most enthusiastic people I've ever met — Karla Rasmusson. This event was a celebration of love, happiness and inspiration. Gathered at the Union Square (because where else?) participants marched to the Highline Park sharing cookies, flowers and inspirational messages with New Yorkers. Haven't seen so many smiles in a while! Great work, Karla! Peace, love and Sat Nam!

Of laughs and feathers. Annual Pillow Fight in NYC.

I love New York for such craziness, when hundreds of people gather, dress up in costumes, bring their colored pillows and beat the hell out of each other (well, kinda). It's the International Pillow Fight Day, which took place across the globe on April 4th, 2015, and, certainly, NYC couldn't stay away from participating.

I, as photographer, couldn't stay away from the event like that. Here's my coverage of it. Despite the pillow being a very soft and light, I got hit many times throughout the event, but it was certainly worth the pictures I took and the fun I had.

"For your and our freedom." Russian-speaking Antiwar Rally in New York

In my photo journalism work I am usually drawn to an event by certain cause or simply out of curiosity.  I come and photograph to tell the story, and to represent what happened by showing people and their expressions. This time was a bit different for the cause of rally was personally important for me; I just couldn't miss it.  Why? Mainly because Russian-backed separatist fight in Ukraine, and this war caused a major financial crisis in Russia along with its national currency loosing it's value.  Moreover, Russian propaganda teaches people to hate Ukraine, which certainly separates these two neighboring nations. And I am, as Russian, very much dislike this whole situation, caused by the Russian government.

March 1st 2015 was a day when approximately 50 thousand people rallied in Moscow (and in other cities across Russia and the world) protesting agains the war and mourning the death of Boris Nemtsov, one of the brightest liberal politicians, who opposed Kremlin and had been murdered in the center of Moscow just a day before the rally. Other cities of Russia had their own antiwar rallies, and so had New York.

This snowing Sunday Russian-speaking New Yorkers came by East 67th St and 3rd ave to say no to war, because it's just impossible to stay silent now.

Chinese New Year Parade 2015

They call New York the city that never sleeps. And this is pretty accurate, because this afternoon at 1pm I had to be in Chinatown for Lunar New Year's Parade. Usually I just wake up at that time and get ready for my cup of coffee. Well, not today, because when photography calls I just can't argue. 

This was the 16th Annual New Year parade, one of established traditions of New York. Of course, I have been to parades like that before as spectator and photographer, but never ever I had a chance to cross over the fences and actually GET INTO the parade. Today my luck has changed, and with the sneakiest maneuver I managed to walk amongst the parade and get some nice photos. 

As usual, Lunar New Year Parade is full of colors, music, dances and DRAGONS. As someone who was in the parade, I have to say that being there and sharing happiness and great mood with the people made me approach photography a bit differently this time. I hope you enjoy the photos.