These photographs were shot in villages or small towns of central Russia during my personal work or assignments. In the photographs there are always unfamiliar people, whom I accidentally met on the street and who agreed to pose for me. Here is the typology of Russian provincial life in the faces. Who are these people living in villages and towns, where seemingly nothing happens? Teenagers, a mother of many children, table tennis champions of the region, a head teacher with a grandson or an official in her apartment — all of them are local, unlike me. In keeping with the tradition of a ceremonial village portrait, I simultaneously study the mutual influence of man and his environment. All in order to answer the question — what does it mean to be Russian?