Jana Romanova

2010 - 2015


"Waiting" is a series of images of sleeping parents-to-be in big cities of Russia. I started photographing it several years ago, and the main body of work was finished in 2012. In 2014 I came back to the project to photograph several families who were expecting second and third children and finish the material for a book publication.

Young Russian couples, inhabitants of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, are sleeping in their bedrooms early in the morning, the time when people don’t really care about their appearance, being natural. They are preparing to become parents in few months, and the project investigates not only their attitude to each other during the period of expecting a baby, but also the way young families live in big cities of modern Russia, 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the country that will be known to their children only from history books.

All images in this selection photographed after 2010.

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