Masha Osipova was born in Moscow and and lived there until the age of 11. She then moved to Amsterdam with her mother, brothers and sisters. Her memories of her Russian youth remained buoyant and, for her graduate project for the Fotoacademie, she decided to travel to the Russian city of Kolchugino. Kolchugino is a typical Russian town about 100 kilometers North of Moscow, where her mother grew up. Masha’s 82 year old aunt Shura, is her only living relative still there. Shura is not only old, but almost blind and practically deaf. She was never married or had children and all of her brothers and sisters have passed away. For Masha her aunt is a symbol of unconditional love, perseverance and hope, synonymous with the Russian spirit.