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BOATING LIFE   CANON T4i
Monkeys grooming in low light
A hand in the darkness
Pretzel's Kiss
A Barbary macaque father and baby.
BLUE SKY    CANON T4i
A Mountain Village man carries hay down the hill
Beauty and the stars
Vernanzza Blue Hour
Kharytyna
All is in the past
Maria
A butterfly resting a on a narrow tree branch
Golden sunset
Baba Gania, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Drops of freshness
A ROGAN ART WORKER OF BHUJ-INDIA
Wonder Land
THE SANDGROUSE FIGHTING
resting in the fortress shade
gleaming cuttlefishes
Goats Watching a Sunset
A crab from the Adriatic sea
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Maria

Maria lives in the village of Opachichi in the 30-km Exclusion Zone. There are hundreds of villages that were evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Some of the inhabitants refused to leave or simply couldn't adjust to the new circumstances and returned back to their homes. There are few of them left these days, mostly due to the old age.

Maria is one of the two people remaining in the village, which once counted hundreds of people. Her neighbor - another Maria - lives just few meters away, but due to a very old feud (which neither remembers) and the fact that my Maria is almost deaf, the two remaining inhabitants of the village don't speak to each other.

Maria's house is like a museum - embroidered towels, tens of neatly piled pillows on the top of the bed, squeaky clean surfaces and pictures of her relatives on the walls.

TAGS: Documentary, People, Portrait, Ukraine

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Berlin, Germany
Member since 2016
Awards
Photo of the Day: 04.05.17 Editors' Pick
Photo Information
Copyright:
© Alina Rudya.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2015
Total Views: 3143
Total Favorites: 1
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Sept. 23, 2016, 7:01 a.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D610
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f1.4
ISO: ISO1600
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PHOTO LOCATION Opachichi, Ukraine