Valerie Medvedev was a Soviet air force technician servicing air force planes and jets. He finished pilot's college in Russia but instead of being a real pilot he had to work on the ground for over eight years. Later he became a professor in one of the Soviet and then Russian air force universities. The images are pretty much awesome combining an artistic approach and the honest emotions of an officer who had to serve in the distant Russian
air field during the late Soviet era. His depiction of planes is pretty much realistic and the people are more comic-like though his attention to the smallest detail - like uniforms etc is pretty much stunning. Also if you look on the top image there is a striped flag on the background - this was an official flag of the Soviet Air Force - it would be a motif on some of the further drawings you'll see inside:
We know this photographer, Slava, for being meticulously cool with the photos he make. Lately his main topic of interest was Russia from above - he visited different places across the country and photographed those from helicopters or small planes. And now he made something even more cool - probably one of the most nicely looking photo sets in a while. He took some selected best photos of Russia from above he took for last couple of years and transformed them in toy-like fashion. This
technic is known as tilt-shift makes a regular photo looks unreal and like stepping out of children's toy store. The blurred sidelines of the frame contribute to this effect. Like you see the photo of the Red Square and the Kremlin on top - isn't it look pretty much unreal? Inside you can see really awesome collection of photos by Slava which he calls a "Toy-Like Russia". This post is a really beautiful set of photos and highly recommended to view!