Everything, or almost everything, is made of wood on Kizhi Island. This wooden windmill may symbolize the rustic Russia known to the peasants in the time of the Czars. Luckily, Stalin spared the wooden structures and churches on this Island even as he wiped out so many other churches and religous monuments. These buildings now stand preserved to provide a remembrance of things past at the end of Russia's first millenium.
This photographic journey begins in Moscow where the 21st Century has suddenly replaced the 19th Century. War with Japan, World Wars I and II, the Stalinist terror, and seventy-four years of social and economic paralysis under communism obliterated the 20th Century in Russia. For the traveler, though, this means that the past remains vibrant because it is not buried deeply. Russia's rich past is right before your eyes.