This was my dream…


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After having lived for some time in Russia, I began to dream about showing the world the beauty of Russia and especially the Russian people that I got to see in my every day life.

I wanted to share the diversity and beauty I am experiencing and I wanted to share the wonderful stories that Russian people think and dream about. I wanted to tell the stories that are not told when you are just passing by people on the street or sitting next to them at a cafe.

The stories are so magnificent and complex that it would not have been right to express them only in words which is why I tried to capture them in pictures. It took me over two years, and I met over 230 people and shot their portraits. This project has 100 pictures of people between the ages of one and one hundred. They all shared their dreams with me.

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1 Year – Alexander

Place of birth: Pushkin
Passion or Dream: Cars are our passion (mother’s words)

2 Years – Arseniy

Place of birth: St. Petersburg

Profession: Goes to kindergarten

Passion or Dream: Cars

3 Years – Anna

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Goes to kindergarten
Passion or Dream: I like walking, dancing, drawing, studying the alphabet and playing with balls

4 Years – Daniel

Place of birth : Yerevan
Profession: Goes to kindergarten
Passion or Dream: My dream is to grow up as fast as possible

5 Years – Marat

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Goes to kindergarten
Passion or Dream: I like playing with transformers, and people reading books to me and playing computer games. I dream of becoming a policeman

6 Years – Nadia

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Goes to kindergarten
Passion or Dream: I like dancing, drawing and playing with friends. I dream of becoming a hairdresser

7 Years – Elisaveta

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I like ballet classes and ballroom dancing

8 Years – Alexander

Place of birth: Pushkin
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I want to become an artist

9 Years – Yulia

Place of birth: Lipetsk
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I love drawing and I go to an art school. I dance Spanish dances, sing karaoke and dream
of becoming a professional painter

10 Years – Valeria

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I want to become a millionaire

11 Years – Polina

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I sing and draw and I want to become a singer

12 Years – Denis

Place of birth:St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I love to play with yo-yo’s, football and radio-controlled cars

13 Years – Valentin

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I like collecting models and want to become a lifeguard

14 Years – Vasilisa

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I am very interested in theatre. I want to become an actress and I love singing

15 Years – Sofia

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I have been drawing since my early childhood. My dream is to fly into space, but if I have to be more rational, then I would like to learn how to play the saxophone

16 Years – Natalia

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I want to cure others – it does not matter if it is people or animals. I would use various types of medicine, herbs, or even kind words

17 Years – Lev

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Cellist
Passion or Dream: I love music

18 Years – Yulia

Place of birth: Obninsk
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I want to live until I am 100 years old. I also want to see new things and how they change during the time. I like to feel Russian

19 Years – Artem

Place of birth: Sestroretsk
Profession: Waiter
Passion or Dream: I like hockey and dream of sports cars

20 Years – Marina

Place of birth: Moscow
Profession: IT-specialist
Passion or Dream: I like drawing and I dream about traveling all over the world

21 Years – Demyan

Place of birth: Osh, Kirgizsky SSR
Profession: Student
Passion or Dream: I dream of having my own house near the sea

22 Years – Rodion

Place of birth: Novorossiysk
Profession: Sailor
Passion or Dream: I dream about world peace

23 Years – Natalia

Place of birth: Bendery, Moldova
Profession: Guide and interpreter
Passion or Dream: I want to be a good member of the society

24 Years – Vasiliy

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Cook
Passion or Dream: Food, football, ocean. My dream is to visit New Zealand

25 Years – Irina

Place of birth: Samara
Profession: Singer
Passion or Dream: My biggest dream is to compose my own music and to share it with other people. I also want to be with my beloved person and share my joys and sorrows

26 Years – Anastasia

Place of birth: Samara
Profession: HR specialist
Passion or Dream: I would like to live in all the countries of the world and to understand different cultures

27 Years – Yuriy

Place of birth: Moscow
Profession: Priest
Passion or Dream: I wish there was peace everywhere in the world

28 Years – Alexey

Place of birth: Norilsk
Profession: Engineer
Passion or Dream: I dream of doing a lot of good things and changing the world for the better

29 Years – Anna

Place of birth: Novorossiysk
Profession: Musician
Passion or Dream: I love singing and performing – my solo concerts, playing the guitar, psychology, philosophy, traveling and studying other cultures and religions

30 Years – Ekaterina

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Sales executive
Passion or Dream: I like ballet, traveling, extreme sports and visual arts

31 Years – Anastasia

Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Profession: Ballet dancer
Passion or Dream: Ballet

32 Years – Artem

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Head of the cardiology department
Passion or Dream: I would like to become a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Science

33 Years – Georgiy

Place of birth: Sinegoriye
Profession: Fire-fighter
Passion or Dream: I want to take a photo of a polar bear together with my daughter on the island of Spitzbergen

34 Years – Anna

Place of birth: Norilsk
Profession: Accountant
Passion or Dream: I would like to do scuba diving in the Maldives and learn how to swim so I can overcome my fear of water and depth

35 Years – Konstantin

Place of birth: Moscow
Profession: Manager
Passion or Dream: I would like to sail all around the world on a yacht

36 Years

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Journalist
Passion or Dream: I love different dances – bachata, hustle

37 Years – Elena

Place of birth: Otradnoe
Profession: Teacher / speech therapist
Passion or Dream: I love traveling and inventing interesting and entertaining activities for children

38 Years – Igor

Place of birth: Tulskaya
Profession: Photographer
Passion or Dream: Tourism and cycling. I would like to go to South America

39 Years – Olga

Place of birth: Kemerovo
Profession: Teacher
Passion or Dream: I dream about traveling all over the world

40 Years – Dmitri

Place of birth: Moscow
Profession: Marketing manager
Passion or Dream: I would like to ride a motorcycle on a professional track

41 Years – Alexey

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Bouncer
Passion or Dream: I dream about living by a lake. I love banya, fishing and being with family

42 Years  Luschik

Place of birth: Ukraine
Profession: Cutting torch operator
Passion or Dream: I would like to have a salary increase

43 Years – Elena

Place of birth: Ulyanovsk
Profession: Supervisor
Passion or Dream: I would like to visit Australia and Antarctica

44 Years – Elena

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Teacher
Passion or Dream: I wish there was peace and people had opportunities to travel, learn new things and do what they love

45 Years – Vyacheslav

Place of birth: Simferopol
Profession: Land surveillance engineer
Passion or Dream: I would like to learn Dutch and Danish languages and to get less upset

46 Years – Dmitri

Place of birth: Saratov
Profession: Car wash operator
Passion or Dream: I would like to become a director

47 Years – Tatiana

Place of birth: Chelyabinsk
Profession: Soloist and pianist
Passion or Dream: Music is my life. I would like to visit as many jazz festivals as possible

48 Years – Valeriy

Place of birth: Tashkent
Profession: Driver
Passion or Dream: I love different types of music – rock, pop and classical

49 Years – Irina

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Fire protection engineer
Passion or Dream: I would like to travel, first of all to Paris

50 Years – Oleg

Place of birth: Moscow
Profession: Mechanic
Passion or Dream: Traveling – I would like to visit all the countries in the world

51 Years – Alexander

Place of birth: Kiev
Profession: Conductor
Passion or Dream: I love the mountains, cycling and being with my friends. I would like to have more peace and quiet

52 Years – Leonid

Place of birth: Moldova
Profession: Agronomist
Passion or Dream: I like to study plants

53 Years – Margarita

Place of birth: Gatchina
Profession: Journalist
Passion or Dream: I write short stories and would like to publish new books

54 Years – Rosia

Place of birth: Buhara
Profession: Accountant
Passion or Dream: I dream of my son getting married, to arrange his wedding and get grandchildren. I would also like to buy a car

55 Years – Irina

Place of birth: Stavropolsk
Profession: Baker
Passion or Dream: I dream of moving to Prague to my daughter

56 Years – Nina

Place of birth: Volzsk
Profession: Librarian
Passion or Dream: I would like to create a historical museum in Zelenogorsk (Leningrad region)

57 Years – Sergey

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Construction engineer
Passion or Dream: I love music and fishing

58 Years – Svetlana

Place of birth: Belаrus
Profession: Medical assistant
Passion or Dream: I love to work in my vegetable garden and I dream of having my own house full of happiness and loving people

59 Years – Petr

Place of birth: Novorossiysk
Profession: Carpenter
Passion or Dream: I like to go to the banya, and my dream is to surf the Internet on my own

60 Years – Sergey

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Engineer
Passion or Dream: I like photography and traveling

61 Years – Grigoriy

Place of birth: Slavyansky
Profession: Carpenter
Passion or Dream: I dream of happiness for my grandchildren and I love fishing

62 Years – Anatoliy

Place of birth: Smolensky area
Profession: Radio technician
Passion or Dream: I like to play chess and fishing, I love driving my car and I enjoy good food

63 Years – Valeriy

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Engineer
Passion or Dream: I love sport, especially football

64 Years – Valentina

Place of birth: Nerehta
Profession: Teacher
Passion or Dream: I like to work with Russian art and I like music, drawing and knitting. I love children and teaching. I dream about visiting Paris

65 Years – Vladimir

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Artist
Passion or Dream: I like esoteric science and I want to gain new experiences through creative work

66 Years – Tamara

Place of birth: Khabarovsk
Profession: Engineer
Passion or Dream: I love reading historical books and I would like all people to be happy and healthy. I wish there were no wars

67 Years – Vladislav

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Engineer
Passion or Dream: I dream about beautiful women

68 Years – Olga

Place of birth: Zitomirskaya area
Profession: Teacher
Passion or Dream: I wish there were no wars and that my children and grandchildren were healthy

69 Years – Albert

Place of birth: Turkmenistan
Profession: Cook
Passion or Dream: I wish to see my grandchildren’s weddings and I want my daughter to be happy. And I love cooking

70 Years – Vadim

Place of birth: Malahovka
Profession: Driver
Passion or Dream: I want to have a long life

71 Years – Oleg

Place of birth: Stalingrad
Profession: Military
Passion or Dream: I like constructing things – everything from a small cabinet to a house. I also like to repair technical equipment. I want my grandchildren to be happy

72 Years – Victor

Place of birth: Kirovsk
Profession: Driver
Passion or Dream: I would like to have an interesting life, more money and to go to the Black Sea. I would also like to have a place form where I can trade

73 Years – Svetlana

Place of birth: Malaya Vishera
Profession: Nurse
Passion or Dream: I love my dacha (country house), flowers and wish to have good health

74 Years – Ariy

Place of birth: Kronstadt
Profession: Church chorister
Passion or Dream: I would like to have a decent pension and I love woodcarving

75 Years – Ludmila

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Art historian
Passion or Dream: My whole professional life I was involved in restoration works and I’ve been breeding and taking care of Greyhounds for 50 years

76 Years – Margarita

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Interpreter
Passion or Dream: I dream of having a stable work and moving from the newly built area to the historical center

77 Years – Stanislav

Place of birth: Arkhangelsk
Profession: Ship builder
Passion or Dream: I would like to create my family’s family tree by using a computer program

78 Years – Iza

Place of birth: Arkhangelsk
Profession: Waitress
Passion or Dream: I dream of getting rid of all problems and having an addition to my pension

79 Years – Nina

Place of birth: Kurgansky area
Profession: Glassblower
Passion or Dream: I want to bring up my great-grandson and to do housework

80 Years – Igor

Place of birth: Yaroslavl
Profession: Professor
Passion or Dream: I wish that Russia becomes really strong. I write training materials and my memories of relatives and parents

81 Years – Zoya

Place of birth: Yaroslavsky area
Profession: Shop assistant
Passion or Dream: I want to have a good health and I like embroidery

82 Years – Nilolay

Place of birth: Vologodsky area
Profession: Excavator operator
Passion or Dream: I would like to meet a good woman and to get a family

83 Years – Valentin

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Artist
Passion or Dream: Painting, photography, “Sanki”-painting. I would like to let this world know about a special form of painting

84 Years – Anastasia

Place of birth: Leningrad
Profession: Nurse
Passion or Dream: I recently got married and I want my husband and I to be healthy. And I want to help people

85 Years – Victor

Place of birth: Podolsk
Profession: Military (Air Force)
Passion or Dream: It is impossible to live without inspiration. I am a chairman for the veteran society

86 Years – Margarita