Photographer Katerina Kouzmitcheva is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the project ‘Travelling to non-existing past’. To see Katerina’s body of work, click on any image.
My Facebook photo album of our family village house was often nostalgically commented by many people. They recollected their wonderful childhood moments, spent with their grandparents in the village. But my past had nothing to do with it. It was wonderful, but different. I saw in the cinema, read in books how it could be charming living in a rustic way… And every weekend me and my family travelled to the world of non-existing memories. I lived the present and the past at one and the same time.
Our village grandmother has become our neighbor to us. Our concern has become the garden. Our evenings were warmed by a fire and samogon. The photo album was filled with stories and photographs. And for our girls it was their real childhood.
Time flies and even our village neighbor grandmother was forced to leave the place. For the first time in ten years we didn’t celebrate Christmas in the village. Everything is changing. But now I will know for sure that our girls will have the memories to recollect and I will have mine.
The photo project “Travelling to non-existing memories” tells the story of our family life in a village as a reconstruction of mine non-existing memories of it.
All images and text © Katerina Kouzmitcheva
By Katerina Kouzmitcheva
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