Portraits in the interior of Coronavirus
My project "Portrait in the interior of Coronavirus" document human history in these difficult times. It's about Russians experiencing a pandemic in various parts of the world, from Moscow to Barcelona and Peru.
In the beginning, many in my close circle didn't believe in the existence of COVID-19 and treated the situation lightly. No one wore the medical masks, everyone spent time outdoors socializing. When some of my friends got sick, I decided to share it on my Facebook page. By that time, I've already stayed at home almost all the time, so I started to photograph online using video-calls and the internet.
At first, there were just portraits of people who got sick, but gradually the story got wider, and now I take portraits of doctors, volunteers; whose who couldn't return home due to border closure; whose who has been at home for a long period and can't go outside; newlyweds who got married during the pandemic; children who study online now; pregnant women who have to give birth during this difficult time.
These portraits convey multiple human stories related to the global crisis due to the virus. All stories are short and personal. Like pixels or building blocks, together they form a collective portrait of a human and humanity of the COVID era.
Anna, therapist, 29 years old, Moscow.
"We should find a balance. COVID is soon to be placed among other scary diseases, which could suddenly develop in any of us every day. Yet, we live and will live with it, and will enjoy our beautiful life."
Andrey, artist, 37 years old, Moscow.
I was among the first in Moscow who tested positive for COVID. While I stayed in the hospital, I decided to share my experience on Facebook. I still see comments from people, who don't believe in the existence of the virus.
Daria, therapist, 26 years old, Moscow.
"The most difficult – when patients die. I'd like to hug everyone who lost their loved ones. For my colleagues, I wish strength, to dodge burnout, and cold summer (so they won't suffer in protective suits), and I would like to support those, who are tired of everything".
Lyudmila, painter, 39 years old, Moscow.
"We moved out to the countryside. I can't imagine what would've happened if six of us would have to spend time together in our one-bedroom apartment during the quarantine! I paint rarely: the second you start - children come over, but I have to practise regularly to maintain my skill."
Anastasia, photographer, 35 years old; Sevastian, 2 years old, Moscow.
"Pandemic didn't change our plans too much. My husband was going to be my birthing partner but we cancelled it. We have a balanced lifestyle. Take care of children, plan, fight, put up with each other, cook, clean up, laugh, protect a dog from the child."
Anastasia, photographer, 35 years old, Moscow.
Nasya said during the photoshoot: "You know, I think I'm giving birth." The next morning she called me and said that she was taken to the hospital. Contractions. A few hours before delivery.
Anastasia, photographer, 35 years old; Eva, Moscow.
Half an hour after the delivery. Nastya was talking to his husband via WhatsApp during the labour.
Leonid, 10 years old, Moscow.
Leonid is swimming since he was 5. Normally, he practices at the pool six times a week. Now it's jogging around the house in the morning, physical exercise, stretching. Practicing on the skateboard is Leonid's invention, and sometimes he uses it to practice.
Dmitriy, artist, photographer, 36 years old, Paris.
"On March 28 I realized that I'm sick: high temperature, sore throat, dizziness. I was first to get sick among my colleagues, with whom I worked on covering the situation as an event photographer. I was worried that I could infect my relatives, that I couldn't keep working."
Elena Abramovna with granddaughter, Ph.D. Geology and Mineralogy, 83 years old, currently in Atlanta.
"Being illegal doesn't make me happy. I could be mad and bitter, or I could take it as an adventure. After you hit 80, you are allowed to do whatever you want."
Olga, nurse, 34 years old, New-York.
"Any interaction with neighbours give me hope. It is hard to lose your loved ones, it's hard to witness those losses, to inform a relative about death. But life goes on for those who are alive. Now I see with perfect clarity how wonderful it is to live."
Dasha, owner of "Dashini pirojki," 33 years old, Moscow.
Dasha posted on Facebook on April 10: "In less than two weeks, you ordered food for doctors worth almost half a million rubbles! Cosmos, love and infinite respect for those, who are on the frontline."
Denis, DJ, 32 years old, Moscow.
"When it all started, for some reason, I experienced a manic rush and decided to work as a nurse in the hospital, which was reconfigured for COVID-19. I'm not afraid to catch the disease, I've got a strong immune system, and I can get admitted to my hospital, to the people who are already like a family to me."
Yana, a designer from Moscow in Peru.
"I came here to teach English to children two weeks ago. I got quarantined, but children managed to sneak in my hut to learn and get pencils and paper, and in return, they brought me coconuts and tasty caterpillars"
Anna, dermatology-venereologist, works in the emergency department, 34 years old, Portugal.
"I work 24-hour shifts, the workload largely increased, everyone is exhausted. Pandemic didn't change my life too much, but I want it to end so we could hug and kiss!"