Magnum photographer Nanna Heitmann’s ‘Hiding from Baba Yaga’ series is a poetic visual journey along the Yenisei river, which is born in Mongolia, and runs northwards through Siberia, ending its journey in the Arctic Ocean. In Heitmann’s series, the Yenisei and its woods become a metaphor of a dreamscape: Loneliness, unfulfilled dreams, death, abandoned hopes shape people as much as the vast nature, which at the same time offers freedom and places of retreat.

This portrait from the series shows Julia, an aspiring ballerina, who dances five hours a day at the local Ballet Academy.

Nanna Heitmann joined Magnum Photos in 2019.

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