A few years ago my parents bought a house in a small village in Ukraine. According to Wikipedia, it had a population of 47 people in 2001. I used to visit my parents once in a while and stay there over a weekend. It’s a beautiful place but somehow I always felt as if I didn’t belong there. Being used to city life and urban surroundings, I didn’t feel comfortable while staying “in the middle of nowhere”. There is just a couple of houses close to a pine forest in the entire village. There are neither schools nor grocery stores.
However, in 2020 everything’s changed. During the lockdown, two dear friends of mine and I spent several weeks at my parents’ house. It turned out to be a great place to stay and, thus, a perfect getaway to escape the reality. I wanted to capture this time and explore how such an ordinary and simple life can be at the same time so unusual and ravishing. And how the addiction to the realities of the modern world can change a person’s attitude towards nature and solitude.

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