On the Spine of Russia project, journalists Paul Richardson and Mikhail Mordasov conducted in-depth interviews with over 40 Russians from all across Russia, before shooting their portrait. After that, each one was surprised with the following question: "Do you consider yourself a patriot, and if so, of what and why?"
Their answers were as varied as the individuals themselves and offer a far more textured view of Russian society that most are used to. Here is a sampling of 14 individuals' responses (plus Mordasov's fine portraits). The Spine of Russia photo book has the bilingual responses of all 43, among the over 200 photos of the epic road trip. (To pause the slideshow, just click on any photo. Then hit the right or left advance arrow to begin again.)
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