Don’t worry, I’m not going to post a photograph of chewing gum as it might be a bit too obscure… In Russia, GUM stands for Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin which basically means Main Department Store. This is something that every major city in Russia had during the communist era. We even had this while I was growing up in Romania.
One of the more famous GUMs in Russia is the one in the Red Square which is now a modern mall and is located right across from Lenin’s final resting place. A bit ironic, no? This GUM has a long history and before the 1920s it was known as the Upper Trading Rows. Some very interesting archive photos can be found here.
This particular shot was taken from one of the bridges within the mall and it’s an HDR made out of 7 exposures with a 1 E.V. step.