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Anna Shulyateva – On the way to happy marriage


In modern Russian society, where there is a cult of youth, beauty and overconsuming, old people are left behind. The aged person is associated in the collective consciousness rather with poverty, disability and abandonment then with welfare, peace and love.

Our photographer decided to find out how these stereotypes correspond with the reality and carried out a photographic research on romantic relationship between people over the age of 60. She became the silent witness of characters’ dates in cafes, parks, at dance floors of “culture centers”, at their homes. Some of them are in relationship with each other already for some time, for the others the captured meeting was the first one. All our characters live in a small town called Kotlas, in Arkhangelsk Oblast. Sweets, games, long walks, dancing are interchanging at a steady pace like recurring rituals. These things can hardly be explained by age logic. Our characters fall in love, face various difficulties, sometimes break up – in other words they are well on their way to fulfillment of their dream of happy union.

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