While spending a lot of time in Yekaterinburg, I got to get into a routine. I learned where to buy the best vegetables, eggs, milk, and water within a 5 minute walk of the apartment I was in. I even found the small corner places where basil and other rare herbs could be purchased. It was nice to get to know the people I would see on a daily basis, whether just by walking by or getting daily groceries.
Lyudmila was one of the many I came to know. She worked at a dairy stand she owned. One day she found out I was a photographer and insisted that I photograph her. Recently both her husband and her son had died, and she had wanted a photograph for her tombstone, a popular thing to have on Russian tombs. Insisting that she needed a photo of her own, I went back the next day to make this image for her tomb in exchange for sweetened condensed milk and eggs.