Giving a Voice to Photographers and Video-makers from the Ukraine
Hello, to everyone. My name is Nastya and I live in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I was born in Ukraine, Lugansk region. I moved to Nikolaev with my family, and than to Omsk, Russia, and than to Kharkiv. I finished my studies at the National Law Academy named after Yaroslav Mudryi. I have worked in our district court and than in law firm. Now I am a free lance photographer. In my childhood my father liked photography. He had a “Zenit” camera and taught me how to use it. Photography has always fascinated me.
The photographers included here were made when I visited my parents in Nikolaev in the South of Ukraine. It was Easter. The situation in the country wasn’t so quiet and I was afraid that something bad could happen to us. I wanted to visited my family. My parents bought a country house called “dacha”, it was my first visit to “dacha”. It’s an old house built 30 years ago. The house is located in a small village in the Nikolaev region. It’s not far from Odessa. There are not high fences between neighboring yards, allowing you to see your neighbor through small openings and they can see you. We were happy together – my parents, my husband, my sister and my nephew. It was wonderful journey and I saw that everything was not so bad in Ukraine, despite the media information that I have received..
Editor’s note: The VASA Witness Ukraine project is interested in supporting a platform for Ukrainian photographers who bring to us images that go beyond the conflict to images of everyday life and poetic statement. As noted by Nastya’s statement above, the sense of normalcy walks next to the knowledge of conflict and potential death.
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