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Photographer Captures Portraits And Dreams Of People From 1 To 100 Years Of Age

02/27/2015 09:28 am ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

Danish photographer Keen Heick-Abildhauge fell in love with Russia years ago, mesmerized by the diversity of life hiding away in corners of the vast Eurasian country. Throughout his time living there, he'd amassed a fair share of stories from people of all ages. As he wrote in Bored Panda earlier this week, those stories were complex, often so much so that mere words didn't accurately capture their essences.

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So he began his "100 Years Project," a comprehensive photography series that showcases individuals ages one to 100, all of whom were willing to share with the photographer their life experiences and ambitions. Heick-Abildhauge ended up meeting 230 people throughout the process of collecting stories and portraits, amounting to an assorted visual survey of people living and growing in Russia today. Together, four-year-old Daniel, 31-year-old Anastasia, 96-year-old Nadezda and many more illustrate the beauty of age in all its variations.

We reached out to Heick-Abildhauge to present his project, in its entirety, below. Check out the original post here.

  • 1 Year – Alexander
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Pushkin, Passion or Dream: Cars are our passion (mother’s words)
  • 2 Years - Arseniy
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Goes to kindergarten, Passion or Dream: Cars
  • 3 Years - Anna
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Goes to kindergarten, Passion or Dream: I like walking, dancing, drawing, studying the alphabet and playing with balls
  • 4 Years - Daniel
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth : Yerevan, Profession: Goes to kindergarten, Passion or Dream: My dream is to grow up as fast as possible
  • 5 Years - Marat
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Goes to kindergarten, Passion or Dream: I like playing with transformers, and people reading books to me and playing computer games. I dream of becoming a policeman
  • 6 Years - Nadia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Goes to kindergarten, Passion or Dream: I like dancing, drawing and playing with friends. I dream of becoming a hairdresser
  • 7 Years - Elisaveta
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I like ballet classes and ballroom dancing
  • 8 Years- Alexander
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Pushkin, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I want to become an artist
  • 9 Years- Yulia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Lipetsk, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I love drawing and I go to an art school. I dance Spanish dances, sing karaoke and dream of becoming a professional painter
  • 10 Years - Valeria
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I want to become a millionaire
  • 11 Years - Polina
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I sing and draw and I want to become a singer
  • 12 Years - Denis
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth:St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I love to play with yo-yo’s, football and radio-controlled cars
  • 13 Years - Valentin
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I like collecting models and want to become a lifeguard
  • 14 Years- Vasilisa
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I am very interested in theatre. I want to become an actress and I love singing
  • 15 Years - Sofia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I have been drawing since my early childhood. My dream is to fly into space, but if I have to be more rational, then I would like to learn how to play the saxophone
  • 16 Years - Natalia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I want to cure others – it does not matter if it is people or animals. I would use various types of medicine, herbs, or even kind words
  • 17 Years - Lev
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Cellist, Passion or Dream: I love music
  • 18 Years - Yulia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Obninsk, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I want to live until I am 100 years old. I also want to see new things and how they change during the time. I like to feel Russian
  • 19 Years - Artem
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Sestroretsk, Profession: Waiter, Passion or Dream: I like hockey and dream of sports cars
  • 20 Years - Marina
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: IT-specialist, Passion or Dream: I like drawing and I dream about traveling all over the world
  • 21 Years - Demyan
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Osh, Kirgizsky SSR, Profession: Student, Passion or Dream: I dream of having my own house near the sea
  • 22 Years - Rodion
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Novorossiysk, Profession: Sailor, Passion or Dream: I dream about world peace
  • 23 Years – Natalia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Bendery, Moldova, Profession: Guide and interpreter, Passion or Dream: I want to be a good member of the society
  • 24 Years – Vasiliy
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Cook, Passion or Dream: Food, football, ocean. My dream is to visit New Zealand
  • 25 Years – Irina
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Samara, Profession: Singer, Passion or Dream: My biggest dream is to compose my own music and to share it with other people. I also want to be with my beloved person and share my joys and sorrows
  • 26 Years - Anastasia
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Samara, Profession: HR specialist, Passion or Dream: I would like to live in all the countries of the world and to understand different cultures
  • 27 Years – Yuriy
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: Priest, Passion or Dream: I wish there was peace everywhere in the world
  • 28 Years – Alexey
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Norilsk, Profession: Engineer, Passion or Dream: I dream of doing a lot of good things and changing the world for the better
  • 29 Years – Anna
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: Novorossiysk, Profession: Musician, Passion or Dream: I love singing and performing – my solo concerts, playing the guitar, psychology, philosophy, traveling and studying other cultures and religions
  • 30 Years – Ekaterina
    Keen Heick-Abildhauge
    Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Sales executive, Passion or Dream: I like ballet, traveling, extreme sports and visual arts

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