Vladimir Buinov: I was born here. From early childhood I saw how older people performed rituals and said prayers. Under the Soviet Union I worked as a movie technician and then at a weather station for more than 20 years. My father was a doctor, he treated everyone, yet still prayed to the gods. My brother, too, was a doctor of medical science. He died early of kidney failure. I lived to see 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The photo depicts Cape Shamanka on Olkhon Island, which is in the middle of Baikal. It is one of the nine holy shrines of Asia.