Ksenija Kucerova

This photo is emotionally close to me as it reminds me of my home where I lived for 19 years. I shared it with my family that I miss very much because I am away. The photo tells me about our traditions that are so important to us and keep us together. I found myself in a new role to explore my family’s traditions and their daily lives which seem to be so different and distant.

The man in the photo is my dear grandfather, the only one left, to be honest. He always tells me about his life, his wartime stories and his experiences in the army. It is very sad because he has progressive cancer. I wish I could spend every day with him, but I am in the UK while he, and the rest of the family, lives in Lithuania.

featured in romka # 7, 2012