Under the aegis of the Caucasus Universities Association I’ve started a new project: Documenting centenarians in the Caucasus and in Central Asia.
Our team consists of a historian, a linguist, a folklorist and myself. First we’re interviewing the centenarians and their relatives and try to put the stories of their lives into a social, economical and political context. Then I take the portraits – with a minimal equipment consisting of the Nikons D3s/D800 with 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses and the SB900 system flash as well as a black cloth that’s used as background.
It’s quite an adventurous undertaking both to find these people and then to get to them. How for instance do you get reliable information on the real age of people, when official registers were only started in the mid twenties of the last century?
The project includes people from Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Dagestan, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan , Azerbaidzhan and the autonomous republic of Nakhchivan.
Please enjoy the following making-of images. The final portraits will be published later on, should the project not be cancelled due to geo-political trouble.