Spin control

Country/area: Russia

Organisation: MIA “Rossiya segodnya”

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 12 Oct 2020

Credit: Gorshkova Natalia

Project description:

This story is about people who got into a difficult life situation and don’t want to give up. They put all the forces to have full lives. Surgeries, periods of rehabilitation, depression and despair made them look for a completely different purpose of life in the new circumstances.

Doing sports is their dedicated desire to overcome this tragic situation, so that’s way they’ve chosen basketball as the most active sports. This is kind of a challenge to fate for those who come to the basketball court to fight and win.

Impact reached:

One of the most important purposes of photojournalism is to attract people’s attention to difficult subjects as for example sports for disabled people.

The main idea of the project is to show healthy people and people with traumas that our body is just an outer shell which doesn’t mean anything to what we really are.

It shouldn’t have any influence on the quality of life and impose restrictions on our lifestyle.

Techniques/technologies used:

As a photographer I’m aimed to find such visual solution which tells the audience what stands behind those victories. I sought not to show the inferiority, but how much strength, patience and infinite possibilities lurk within each of us.

What was the hardest part of this project?

Some things are left invisible, I couldn’t let that happen. These pictures are meant to be chosen just because those people whose stories you see are heroes. They could overcome their lost and grieve, I want you to know their faces.

What can others learn from this project?

I think my colleges could get some inspiration for their own future stories about people with difficult life situations. We are opening another world with every day hard work and tears, sorrow and happiness, and these ups and downs are the most amazing things to observe.

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