April Snow in Red Square

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© Joel Aron
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Winner in the 2008 PDN World In Focus Photo Contest

The second to last roll of film that slid between the lens of my M6 and me on the last day of a 3 week trip around the world. 47 rolls in total :)
I woke on April 6th to rain. It was my last day in Moscow, and I was planning on staying up all night to head to the airport at 2:30am. I grabbed my camera, and made my way through the Metro to Red Square.. the only safe place in town. When I got out of the station at the square, I noticed the rain was slowing down, as if everything was entering slow motion. It was the rain forming into snow before me. The one thing I wanted to happen, had. Snow in Red Square.

I got to the square, and started shooting. After almost 3 hours of being outside shooting, it was almost 6pm when the crowds disappeared, and I got the shot I wanted. The snow was dropping heavy, and painted the sky white. My hands were frozen, and I was getting worried about my little mechanical camera...but she was colder than i was, and doing fine.

Within minutes, the sun broke, and the snow stopped...and I was in a coffee shop getting warm.

Developed as soon as I got home. Film had gone through a total of 5 x-ray machines, as I had carried around my Delta 100 for the entire trip. It's the most stable under x-ray eyes. I cringed when I pulled the neg off the spool, and saw this run of shots looking dead black, then when it dried, I saw the little white spots that I knew would be people... :) phew!

Ilford Delta 100
Tmax Dev 1:4 = 6.5minutes - slow agitation every min for 10 seconds

Scanner: Nikon 9000 ED : 4800dpi

Leica M6 : Summicron 35 f2 asph

27 responses

  • Matthew Coelho

    Matthew Coelho said (18 Dec 2007):

    This is the most beautiful photograph I have ever seen.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (6 Jan 2008):

    Beautiful...oh to be there to experience that.

  • Ronnie Mayo

    Ronnie Mayo said (14 Feb 2008):

    Awesome shot... fantastic.

  • Andrei Serdenciuc

    Andrei Serdenciuc said (15 Feb 2008):

    Reminds me of home

  • Darcy Dowling

    Darcy Dowling gave props (25 Mar 2008):

    This is unbelievable!!

  • Daniel Hermann

    Daniel Hermann gave props (28 Mar 2008):

    fucking awesome

  • Tony Edwards

    Tony Edwards (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2008):


  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (27 Apr 2008):

    Gotta love that Ilford, I had almost forgotten about it until I read this. Thanks for the reminder of my brief but fun darkroom days.

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    wow - amazing capture - this photo makes me want to squint to keep the sleety snow out of my eyes!

  • Caroline Hancox

    Caroline Hancox (Deleted) gave props (7 Jul 2008):

    wow, this is such an excellent photo

  • Thomas Brauer

    Thomas Brauer gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Magnificent. Expert image in every way. Wonderful emotion, and spirit.

  • Lassi Kallio

    Lassi Kallio said (5 Nov 2008):

    Terrific shot. I would love to go to Moscow some day to do some shooting.

  • Loren Smith

    Loren Smith gave props (7 Nov 2008):


  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (8 Nov 2008):


  • !~) Emelia Isaac

    !~) Emelia Isaac said (11 Nov 2008):

    just beautiful!

  • Bianca Trifoi

    Bianca Trifoi gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    oh my, this is perfection. love the minimalism, and how the people are barely-visible dots of black. well done!

  • Siun G

    Siun G said (15 Nov 2008):

    great photo!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    cool! yes from me.

  • Jacob Sikais

    Jacob Sikais (Deleted) gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    love the beautiful pastel like feel

  • joanne lee

    joanne lee gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    wow! voted!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    Amazingly beautiful capture!

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (6 Dec 2008):

    fantastic shot! voted!

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (9 Dec 2008):

    Excellent photo!!! you have my vote

  • Joerg Fritz

    Joerg Fritz gave props (14 Dec 2008):

    Captures so much in a single photograph, amazing!

  • Laura K

    Laura K gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    Really an amazing photo! wow

  • Jonathan Campion

    Jonathan Campion said (11 Mar 2009):

    A magnificent photo - charming and perfectly composed.

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