Wolf


Olga’s been carried to the local hospital by an unknown man. In a few days after an urgent operation, he came to check on her.  She barely saved the abdominal bleeding and needed a place to recover - he offered her to stay at his house till she can walk away afoot. And she took this leap of faith by trusting a stranger.

He calls himself Wolf, a nickname he was given — the symbol of a warrior in a mythology of Caucasus. Wolf’s great-grandfather was born in a big muslim peasant family. In search of a better life he crossed the Black Sea and settled down here. He found a wife and set up a household. Wolf’s childhood and youth — spent growing up in a large farming family in a prosperous subtropical oasis — was a happy one. When the civil war broke out, he was 22. He killed a man for the first time, buried a half of his family, drugged himself for years. In the last days of the war, he survived a land-mine blast that left him scarred and deaf. Post-conflict isolation embittered people and Wolf retreated to the mountains to live a life of self-imposed exile.


And now he brought Olga to his mountain: «It wasn't my first time in his homeland. I've seen places like this before. But this time was different. Months of isolated life aligned us. When I started to walk again he taught me his routine. Everyday work on the homestead and hunting became our common normalcy. I was coming down from the mountain to find the places and people from his tales, who to my surprise appeared to be real. Their stories in my reportages and exhibitions were coming out in the different parts of the world as a work of an any diligent freelancer. But my own life was already going by the rules of my new imaginary refuge.»


"Wolf" is a documentary fairy tale with an unexpected twist ending. To see the full story contact Olga.

Photographs: Olga Ingurazova.

Illustrations: Alberto Madrigal.


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