June 6, 2011

These photographs, made at the Dmitrov Orphanage for Handicapped Children, are of a nine year old girl named Nadya Rodena. Abandoned by her mother following her birth, Nadya was soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and for the five years of her life walked on her toes. Unable to verbally communicate with Nadya and facing access restrictions by the orphanage’s administration I relied solely on human connection and chose to photograph Nadya, regardless of these challenges. Marginalized by society and growing up with physical, mental and emotional struggles, Nadya represents many of the orphaned children in Russia and this was my opportunity to humanize these children and give them a voice.


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