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Courtesy of Natalia Ershova

Natalia Ershova

I was born in 1988. I graduated from the Russian State Humanitarian University and majored in journalism. I studied at the personal school of Elena Sukhoveeva and Viktor Khmel in 2016-2017, DocDocDoc 2019-2020. and ICA 2018-2020.

Journey to the edge of the room

The heroes of my project are people who barely ever leave their homes.

Many of them work at home, and others are sponsored by their relatives. They are very different people, but they have one thing in common – they live on the Internet. Some of them have a lot of friends, but they communicate with them only online or in their homes. And some of them are just modern hermits.

I took pictures of my heroes in their apartments, with their animals, and with their favorite things. I asked every one of them, "Why do you maintain such a lifestyle?" Also, under every photo, you can find the person's age, and you can find out how many years they haven't worked officially. Now, most people depend on the Internet in one way or another; my heroes are an overacted version of Internet addiction and social loneliness. I think that with the development of the Internet it is a very broad tendency, especially in large cities, where the pace of life is fast and where there are too many people and too much stress.

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