TVERSKOY

 

I took these portraits on Tverskoy Bulvar in Moscow. It's a part of the Boulevard Ring that curves around the center of the city. Traffic lanes are split by a park with pedestrian paths and benches. It's a calm oasis in the middle of the hectic city, and has been an integral part of Moscow life for two centuries. Just like these kids, I used to come and hang out there when I was a teenager. 
The subjects of these portraits are between 16 and 21 years old. Life in Russia often forces young people to grow up quickly and assume adult responsibilities; they marry and have children early.  I wanted to capture this brief period of one's life before "real life" happens, and takes its toll. 
During a few visits to Moscow I spent my days on the boulevard during looking for subjects. Some were suspicious, others flattered or intrigued by the attention; most agreed to pose.