“Waiting” by Yana Romanova
In 2009, St. Petersburg photographer Yana Romanova shot her sleeping friends, who at that time were expecting the birth of their daughter. She liked the result so much that Yana decided to embody the idea in a photo series - since then she has captured 40 couples waiting for children in her dream. At first these were friends, then friends of friends and acquaintances of acquaintances, and after Jan, she began to look for people who wanted to sleep under the camera’s gaze in social networks.
Yana says that she usually came to the apartment of the shooting heroes early in the morning. One of the future parents opened the door and led the photographer to the kitchen. Yana put a stepladder in the bedroom, while she herself was in the kitchen preparing photographic equipment and waited for both the defendants to sleep. In addition to sleeping, there are many small but exciting details on the resulting frames - Yana herself speaks about this. Cats, tablets, slippers, bedding with giant roses or Star Wars symbols, soft toys and so on. Yana Romanova says she loves to document the life of her generation in Russia and in the post-Soviet space - the generation born before the collapse of the Soviet Union.Now these people, including many Janina friends, are raising or expecting children.
For five years of work from the project “Waiting” were published in a variety of publications, among them “Russian Reporter” and Slate, and have visited many Russian and foreign exhibitions. Now Yana Romanova plans to publish a book.