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

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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
31 Years – Anastasia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: St. Petersburg, Profession: Ballet dancer, Passion or Dream: Ballet
32 Years – Artem
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Head of the cardiology department, Passion or Dream: I would like to become a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Science
33 Years – Georgiy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Sinegoriye, Profession: Fire-fighter, Passion or Dream: I want to take a photo of a polar bear together with my daughter on the island of Spitzbergen
34 Years – Anna
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Norilsk, Profession: Accountant, Passion or Dream: I would like to do scuba diving in the Maldives and learn how to swim so I can overcome my fear of water and depth
35 Years – Konstantin
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: Manager, Passion or Dream: I would like to sail all around the world on a yacht
36 Years
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Journalist, Passion or Dream: I love different dances – bachata, hustle
37 Years – Elena
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Otradnoe, Profession: Teacher / speech therapist, Passion or Dream: I love traveling and inventing interesting and entertaining activities for children
38 Years – Igor
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Tulskaya, Profession: Photographer, Passion or Dream: Tourism and cycling. I would like to go to South America
39 Years – Olga
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kemerovo, Profession: Teacher, Passion or Dream: I dream about traveling all over the world
40 Years – Dmitri
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: Marketing manager, Passion or Dream: I would like to ride a motorcycle on a professional track
41 Years – Alexey
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Bouncer, Passion or Dream: I dream about living by a lake. I love banya, fishing and being with family
42 Years - Luschik
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Ukraine, Profession: Cutting torch operator, Passion or Dream: I would like to have a salary increase
43 Years – Elena
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Ulyanovsk, Profession: Supervisor, Passion or Dream: I would like to visit Australia and Antarctica
44 Years – Elena
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Teacher, Passion or Dream: I wish there was peace and people had opportunities to travel, learn new things and do what they love
45 Years – Vyacheslav
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Simferopol, Profession: Land surveillance engineer, Passion or Dream: I would like to learn Dutch and Danish languages and to get less upset
46 Years – Dmitri
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Saratov, Profession: Car wash operator, Passion or Dream: I would like to become a director
47 Years – Tatiana
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Chelyabinsk, Profession: Soloist and pianist, Passion or Dream: Music is my life. I would like to visit as many jazz festivals as possible
48 Years – Valeriy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Tashkent, Profession: Driver, Passion or Dream: I love different types of music – rock, pop and classical
49 Years – Irina
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Fire protection engineer, Passion or Dream: I would like to travel, first of all to Paris
50 Years – Oleg
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: Mechanic, Passion or Dream: Traveling – I would like to visit all the countries in the world
51 Years – Alexander
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kiev, Profession: Conductor, Passion or Dream: I love the mountains, cycling and being with my friends. I would like to have more peace and quiet
52 Years – Leonid
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Moldova, Profession: Agronomist, Passion or Dream: I like to study plants
53 Years – Margarita
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Gatchina, Profession: Journalist, Passion or Dream: I write short stories and would like to publish new books
54 Years – Rosia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Buhara, Profession: Accountant, Passion or Dream: I dream of my son getting married, to arrange his wedding and get grandchildren. I would also like to buy a car
55 Years – Irina
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Stavropolsk, Profession: Baker, Passion or Dream: I dream of moving to Prague to my daughter
56 Years – Nina
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Volzsk, Profession: Librarian, Passion or Dream: I would like to create a historical museum in Zelenogorsk (Leningrad region)
57 Years – Sergey
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Construction engineer, Passion or Dream: I love music and fishing
58 Years – Svetlana
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Belаrus, Profession: Medical assistant, Passion or Dream: I love to work in my vegetable garden and I dream of having my own house full of happiness and loving people
59 Years – Petr
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Novorossiysk, Profession: Carpenter, Passion or Dream: I like to go to the banya, and my dream is to surf the Internet on my own
60 Years – Sergey
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Engineer, Passion or Dream: I like photography and traveling
61 Years – Grigoriy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Slavyansky, Profession: Carpenter, Passion or Dream: I dream of happiness for my grandchildren and I love fishing
62 Years – Anatoliy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Smolensky area, Profession: Radio technician, Passion or Dream: I like to play chess and fishing, I love driving my car and I enjoy good food
63 Years – Valeriy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Engineer, Passion or Dream: I love sport, especially football
64 Years – Valentina
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Nerehta, Profession: Teacher, Passion or Dream: I like to work with Russian art and I like music, drawing and knitting. I love children and teaching. I dream about visiting Paris
65 Years – Vladimir
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Artist, Passion or Dream: I like esoteric science and I want to gain new experiences through creative work
66 Years – Tamara
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Khabarovsk, Profession: Engineer, Passion or Dream: I love reading historical books and I would like all people to be happy and healthy. I wish there were no wars
67 Years – Vladislav
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Engineer, Passion or Dream: I dream about beautiful women
68 Years – Olga
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Zitomirskaya area, Profession: Teacher, Passion or Dream: I wish there were no wars and that my children and grandchildren were healthy
69 Years – Albert
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Turkmenistan, Profession: Cook, Passion or Dream: I wish to see my grandchildren’s weddings and I want my daughter to be happy. And I love cooking
70 Years – Vadim
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Malahovka, Profession: Driver, Passion or Dream: I want to have a long life
71 Years – Oleg
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Stalingrad, Profession: Military, Passion or Dream: I like constructing things – everything from a small cabinet to a house. I also like to repair technical equipment. I want my grandchildren to be happy
72 Years – Victor
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kirovsk, Profession: Driver, Passion or Dream: I would like to have an interesting life, more money and to go to the Black Sea. I would also like to have a place form where I can trade
73 Years – Svetlana
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Malaya Vishera, Profession: Nurse, Passion or Dream: I love my dacha (country house), flowers and wish to have good health
74 Years – Ariy
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kronstadt, Profession: Church chorister, Passion or Dream: I would like to have a decent pension and I love woodcarving
75 Years – Ludmila
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Art historian, Passion or Dream: My whole professional life I was involved in restoration works and I’ve been breeding and taking care of Greyhounds for 50 years
76 Years – Margarita
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Interpreter, Passion or Dream: I dream of having a stable work and moving from the newly built area to the historical center
77 Years – Stanislav
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Arkhangelsk, Profession: Ship builder, Passion or Dream: I would like to create my family’s family tree by using a computer program
78 Years – Iza
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Arkhangelsk, Profession: Waitress, Passion or Dream: I dream of getting rid of all problems and having an addition to my pension
79 Years – Nina
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kurgansky area, Profession: Glassblower, Passion or Dream: I want to bring up my great-grandson and to do housework
80 Years – Igor
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Yaroslavl, Profession: Professor, Passion or Dream: I wish that Russia becomes really strong. I write training materials and my memories of relatives and parents
81 Years – Zoya
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Yaroslavsky area, Profession: Shop assistant, Passion or Dream: I want to have a good health and I like embroidery
82 Years – Nilolay
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Vologodsky area, Profession: Excavator operator, Passion or Dream: I would like to meet a good woman and to get a family
83 Years – Valentin
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Artist, Passion or Dream: Painting, photography, “Sanki”-painting. I would like to let this world know about a special form of painting
84 Years – Anastasia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Nurse, Passion or Dream: I recently got married and I want my husband and I to be healthy. And I want to help people
85 Years – Victor
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Podolsk, Profession: Military (Air Force), Passion or Dream: It is impossible to live without inspiration. I am a chairman for the veteran society
86 Years – Margarita
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Saratovsky area, Profession: Production engineer, Passion or Dream: I dream of making a masterpiece from patchwork, to live long and to continue learning German language
87 Years – Maria
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Torzok, Profession: Packer, Passion or Dream: I dream of being able to walk on my own legs until the very end
88 Years – Ksenia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Pskovskaya area, Profession: Pensioner, Passion or Dream: I wish to bring up my great-grandson
89 Years – Muza
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Pushkin, Profession: Bibliographer, Passion or Dream: I want to be healthy and to quietly leave this world, not noticing the end
90 Years – Leonid
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Tula, Profession: 1st rank (navy officer), Passion or Dream: I want to live a bit longer in my current condition. I relax a lot, but also love doing things like repairing wheels
91 Years – Lidia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Velikie Luki, Profession: Ship designer, Passion or Dream: I would like to visit Denmark. I play the guitar and sing Russian songs
92 Years – Anna
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Leningrad, Profession: Nurse, Passion or Dream: I would love to have a family and relatives and to be in good health
93 Years – Nadezda
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Ukraine, Profession: Cashier, Passion or Dream: I want to live until I am 100 years old and be healthy and active
94 Years – Sofia
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Sivirskoe, Profession: Nurse, Passion or Dream: I like good and tasty food and to read books
95 Years – Vera
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Moscow, Profession: Economics engineer, Passion or Dream: Above all I want to be healthy
96 Years – Nadezda
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Briansky area, Profession:Production engineer, Passion or Dream: I want peace and quiet, my life was very stressful
97 Years – Petr
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Ural, Profession: Electrician, retired colonel, Passion or Dream: I dream of living for more than 100 years
98 Years – Roza
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Gomel, Profession: Factory worker, Passion or Dream:I already have everything – everything that I would like to have
99 Years – Alexandra
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Kostromsky area, Profession: Accountant, Passion or Dream: I want to relax
100 Years – Evdokiya
Keen Heick-Abildhauge
Place of birth: Smolensky area, Profession: Worker, Passion or Dream: I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive

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