In my ongoing project, “Vera, Nadezhda, Lubov” I am photographing people from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union who now live in Berlin and feel a strong connection to their native cultures. As a native Russian myself, who spent half my life in Russia, I was fascinated to re-encounter a way of life I had somehow left behind. It felt like returning to my roots, yet, at the same time, being a distant observer. “Vera, Nadezhda, Lubov” are not just three female Russian names, they are the result of my search for clues that guide me to the things that bring and keep people together.