Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013

Category A Single photo:3rd place

At Home Among Strangers

Dina Bova



This work is an allegorical portrait depicting not only a single person, but the whole layer of Russian intellectuals. It’s a story of people, who are very far from a material world, who live in their own world and it doesn’t matter what is happening around. Perhaps because they are just tired of caring and fighting, or came to understanding that whatever they do won’t matter.

The idea of this work is close to me because of my personal background. My roots are from Russia – where I was born and my family emigrated from there when I was 13. But I still remember the hopeless Soviet times and how it affected thinking and intelligent people. Today many things in Russia seem different, but in my eyes it is only seemingly – “different disguise” but same inside.