Capturing Traditional Life in Russia
Two elderly sisters embody a sometimes forgotten but not abandoned traditional style of living in Russia.
Nadia Sablin lives and works out of Brooklyn, New York City, but she grew up in Soviet Russia and the American Midwest. Her photographs have been featured in museums and galleries. She captures images from primarily Russia and the United States.
Sisters Aleftina and Ludmila Sablina spend half of each year in a small Russian village that has changed little over the decades. Both in their 70s, they carry on with their traditional way of life, chopping wood for heating, bringing water from the well and making their own clothes.
The sisters lived together when they were children, then worked in technical jobs: Aleftina in engineering, Ludmila in chemistry.
Neither married nor had children. Now they live off their pensions and some help from their other siblings. When not in Alekhovshchina, they each stay in their own apartment in separate towns, visiting each other occasionally.
Text and photographs by Nadia Sablin
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