My 95 year old aunt

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Olya Gary

I visited my family in Saint Petersburg in December and had a chance to see my great aunt. We share the first name, Olya. She is 95, rarely leaves her apartment, yet she is very sharp and curious. She even tutors a neighbor's kid in math! She lived through Stalin's 1930s repressions, the Second World War, deaths of many relatives, including my grandma, her sister, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. She had to escape Tajikistan in 1990s, leaving everything behind, yet she brought her spirit and garden tools with her. Every time I'm there, I think: "Please, will I see you next time..."

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia


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