My grandmother turned 100 years old on June 15, 2021. She has lived such an incredibly hard life, surviving WWII, evacuation, and living and working in Vorkuta. She is the most wonderful, kindest person I have ever met. Every time I visit, I try to take as many photos as possible. Here is one of my favorites from the last week’s visit.

Leica CL, 7artisans 50mm f1.1 (shot wide open), Kodak BW400CN Black & White Film (C41).

My grandmother

As a general rule I don’t post too many personal things on my business blog – I keep a separate blog for my personal projects/photography.  However, these photos mean a great deal to me.  My grandmother is 94 years old; she survived World War II, Stalin’s repressions, a decade of life near the Arctic circle, and immigration to the United States.  She is one of the most important people in my life.  Unfortunately, because my grandmother lives in Norfolk, VA, I can only visit her 3-4 times a year.  Every time I visit, when I say goodbye, it always feels like I’m saying goodbye for the last time.  Every time I visit, we have the same argument about photography – she hates being photographed and I try to document every memory.  These photographs are from my most recent visit – May 9, 2015 (which is coincidentally the day when World War II ended). Hopefully I’ll have many more moments with my grandma.

Spending time with my grandmother | Norfolk, Virginia

My grandmother Olga is 93 years old, soon to be 94.  She is an amazing woman and one of the most important people in my life.  Even though I talk to her on the phone about 3 times a week, I only get to see her 2-3 times a year.  Every time I take the drive from Pittsburgh to Norfolk, I promise myself that I will take a ton of photos of her; when I get to Norfolk I get caught up in shuttling my kids between my mom and my dad, doing family things and essentially not taking any photos of my grandmother.  This time I actually managed to stick with my intentions and over the last week I shot over a thousand digital frames of my grandmother and 4 rolls of film.  About half of the photos below were shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and processed with VSCO presets.  The rest were shot on Kodak 400 CN pushed to 800.