Bird in Flight Prize '18

Bird in Flight Prize ’18 finalist: Grandmothers on the edge of the Heaven

Project of the Ukrainian photographer Elena Subach shortlisted for the Bird in Flight Prize ’18.

Elena Subach, Ukraine

In the modern world with rapidly developing technologies, the gap between generations is increasing rapidly. Nowadays, our grandmothers and we are separated not by two generations, but by an abyss.

They do not always know what the Internet is and what is the value of information in the modern world. They live with their post-war values, keep their savings in a scarf for a rainy day and procure products for the future. They carry in a purse photo of their family next to the faces of Jesus and Mary because they also are as a family for them.

It seems to me that they are so full of memories of the past that nothing of the present can simply fit into this fullness. They are among us now, but not really, because their consciousness is already awaiting the approaching moment to step outside the bounds of life and find themselves at the gates of Heaven, in which they desperately believe. All people found in the project were shot on religious holidays.

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