Have you ever envied the security guard who can quietly spy on the mundane and occasionally outlandish lives of others through the quiet calm of the CCTV screen?
You aren’t alone. Glaz.hub is an Instagram account capturing these same candid moments of routine, curiosity and sudden joy on the streets of St Petersburg.
The scenes, at first deflated and boring, become strangely relatable and even joyful. Each flashes full of real-world emotions: curiosity, care, bewilderment. Its bitter humor is calming, each observation filled with a sense of calm, child-like wonder rather than voyeuristic malice.
Think overdressed passengers engaged in a deep conversation as they travel by bus, a group of middle-aged colleagues going hard on Russian champagne in a karaoke bar, or an old woman choosing a supermarket apple so meticulously, you could almost believe that Snow White herself was destined to receive it.
For glaz.hub, the world is a playground where every stranger stars as a main character for 30 second slots — even if it’s for a story that they don’t quite know they’re part of.