Thursday, April 5, 2012

Justyna Mielnikiewicz / Why story about the Marriage Agency ?

Since 2010 I started to  work on my long time project dedicated to the women from former Soviet Space and when with Sputnik  we decided to make a project in Belarus I was naturally looking for a women story to do there so I can  add to the series . I always wanted to do a story about one of those marriage agencies , could be in Russia, Ukrainie or Belarus. While working in Odessa few years ago  I have seen one of those big meetings organized by such agency for the clients coming from abroad . When  researching that topic I was expecting that all marriage agencies are those bizarre places where last thing people look for is love or a family life  .I was surprised and happy to find the agency in Grodno which was not like that at all . It operates transparently and is run by real people for a real people. It took me one unsuccessful trip to Minsk before I found them. During that trip I found Grodno contact while meeting with people working for La  Strada with which Agency in Grodno cooperates. (La Strada International is European network against trafficking in human beings with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe) . With that contact  I was ready to do my story. I was just waiting for the  wedding of Agency clients to happen  and have a permission to photograph it . When Natalia and Filip who married in July gave me green light (with fantastic help of Maya, the Agency Owner )  I bough the ticket and went there to start my story with a photos of their wedding. 

More later.....


If you as a reader of that post might have some questions please ask them -I will try to answer in my next post.