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White Nights / Black Holes

I arrived in St Petersburg the day of the Summer Solstice during the so-called White Nights - those few summer weeks when the sun does not fully set because of the city’s high latitude.

I checked the time: at 2 am, the sun shines, at 5:40 am, it's already up in the sky.

Nearly round-the-clock daylight; moon and sun meet, me in-between.

The sunlight was penetrating everything and the Neva River seemed to fill the entire city.

But instead of flowing and moving, everything felt frozen - trapped between night and day, dawn and dusk, yesterday and tomorrow.

I walked in the streets and people made me think of wax statues or dead animals preserved in formalin jars.

by Audrey Kadjar