A member of the Union of Photoartists of Russia since 2005, winner of the Young Photographers of Russia award in 2003,2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 as well as awards of photographic contests Direct Look, Photo Parade in Uglich and the Polar Perspective, finalist of the World Reportage Award 2018, Italy. She has participated in more than 20 group exhibitions, including The Young Man in the 21st Century (2015, Lithuania) and Marsciano Arte Giovani (Italy, 2016).
Irina, a quiet, small woman, lives in a small town in Russia. She grew up in an orphanage, got married after graduation and bore her children. Her husband started to drink, became aggressive and at last they divorced. She worked, raised the kids, bought a small house. After coming to church once, she has tried to live according to the Gospel, which appeared to be her way out. Then disaster struck: her younger son, Sasha, was hit by a car, got a severe head injury and fell into coma. 7 years old at the time, he lay motionless the next year. Irina has managed to teach him to speak again, hold things in his hands. She has cared for Sasha for 11 years now. Recalling the accident, she repeats that Sasha fell right in front of the temple, under the icon of the Mother of God. To her it is symbolic - in Christianity martyrdom is a direct road to the Lord.
Irina and Sasha go for a walk, Sasha holding one of his favorite toys.
Usually Sasha sits on the sofa looking out of the window.
Sasha and Irina sing prayers with guests from the neighboring village.
Irina loves animals, taking in cats and dogs from the street. Neighbors bought a goat, but could not care about it, so Irina decided to take care of the animal.
Irina puts Sasha in bed every evening.
Sasha holds a cross, his birthday present.
Ira washes Sasha's feet in a basin. They have no running water.
Ira and Sasha in church.
Ira has lit New Year's party lights to please Sasha.
Ira brings Sasha to the village square to show the decorated Christmas/New Year’s tree.
Sasha likes New Year decorations, so Irina keeps them on the whole year through.
Ira carries home a candle lit in church after the Easter service, this fire believed to bring peace and happiness.