Global Images Contest 2006-2007

Honorable Mention

Karen MacKenzie '07

During the fall of 2005, I studied abroad in Russia, first in the city of Vladimir, and then in Moscow. This picture was taken in my host family’s apartment, in the bedroom of my 25 year old host brother. This photo truly shows the complexity of post-Soviet Russia. We can see the return to Russian Orthodoxy with the religious icon on the right and the influence of globalization with the poster of the American rock group Metallica. Lastly, the red matrioshka (nesting doll) on the far left shows the combination of those two elements — the commercialization of culture.