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This Photographer Asked People Of 100 Different Ages Their Dreams For A Photo Series

"I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive." All photos courtsey of Keen Heick-Abildhauge.

Last updated on February 25, 2015, at 6:52 p.m. ET

Posted on February 25, 2015, at 6:52 p.m. ET

While Danish photographer Keen Heick-Abildhauge was living in Russia, he took photos of Russians from every age up to 100 and asked each of them about their dreams and passions.

"When I moved to Russia with my wife six years ago, my friends would always ask me, 'Why did you move there? Are there bears on the street? Is it freezing and is everyone drunk all the time?" Heick-Abildhauge told BuzzFeed News. "So I was like, I need to do something about this. I need to show them the Russia I see."

Here are a few of the people he met:

1 Year Old— Alexander

Place of birth: PushkinPassion or Dream: Cars are our passion (mother’s words)

Place of birth: Pushkin

Passion or Dream: Cars are our passion (mother’s words)

5 Years Old— Marat

Place of birth: St. PetersburgProfession: Goes to kindergartenPassion or Dream: I like playing with Transformers, and people reading books to me and playing computer games. I dream of becoming a policeman.

Place of birth: St. Petersburg

Profession: Goes to kindergarten

Passion or Dream: I like playing with Transformers, and people reading books to me and playing computer games. I dream of becoming a policeman.

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Heick-Abildhauge started the series in 2010 when he was 27. It took him two-and-a-half years and 250 total portraits to find the perfect 100.

"The project started to take on a magic that I didn't quite understand at the time," he said. "I needed to share my view of the very proud and humble people I was around everyday. I learned so much from all of them."

10 Years Old— Valeria

Place of birth: St. PetersburgProfession: StudentPassion or Dream: I want to become a millionaire.

Place of birth: St. Petersburg

Profession: Student

Passion or Dream: I want to become a millionaire.

15 Years Old— Sofia

Place of birth: St. PetersburgProfession: StudentPassion or Dream: I have been drawing since my early childhood. My dream is to fly into space, but if I have to be more rational, then I would like to learn how to play the saxophone.

Place of birth: St. Petersburg

Profession: Student

Passion or Dream: I have been drawing since my early childhood. My dream is to fly into space, but if I have to be more rational, then I would like to learn how to play the saxophone.

"Photographing the young people was exciting because they were so full of life and excitement," Heick-Abildhauge told BuzzFeed News, "but they hadn't lived fully, hadn't made much of a story yet."

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18 Years Old— Yulia

Place of birth: ObninskProfession: StudentPassion or Dream: I want to live until I am 100 years old. I also want to see new things and how they change during the time. I like to feel Russian.

Place of birth: Obninsk

Profession: Student

Passion or Dream: I want to live until I am 100 years old. I also want to see new things and how they change during the time. I like to feel Russian.

The project was first exhibited in St. Petersburg in 2012 and then was out to rest until recently.

"It is so many people's stories, many of whom are still alive, " Heick-Abildhuage said, "I just felt it was time for these photos to breathe some new air."

25 Years Old— Yuriy

Place of birth: MoscowProfession: PriestPassion or Dream: I wish there was peace everywhere in the world.
Keen Heick-Abildhauge

Place of birth: Moscow

Profession: Priest

Passion or Dream: I wish there was peace everywhere in the world.

"This project was laying quiet for a while, I just felt it was time for it again," Heick-Abildhauge added. "It is not about Putin, it is not about Russia, it is about the people."

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30 Years Old— Ekaterina

Place of birth: St. PetersburgProfession: Sales executivePassion or Dream: I like ballet, traveling, extreme sports and visual arts.

Place of birth: St. Petersburg

Profession: Sales executive

Passion or Dream: I like ballet, traveling, extreme sports and visual arts.

34 Years Old— Anna

Place of birth: NorilskProfession: AccountantPassion or Dream: I would like to do scuba diving in the Maldives and learn how to swim so I can overcome my fear of water and depth.

Place of birth: Norilsk

Profession: Accountant

Passion or Dream: I would like to do scuba diving in the Maldives and learn how to swim so I can overcome my fear of water and depth.

42 Years Old— Luschik

Place of birth: UkraineProfession: Cutting torch operatorPassion or Dream: I would like to have a salary increase.

Place of birth: Ukraine

Profession: Cutting torch operator

Passion or Dream: I would like to have a salary increase.

"When it's late at night ... I miss Russia," the now-32-year-old photographer said. "It was fun to be young with my wife there. But it's good to be back with my family, living by the sea with my two young daughters."

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50 Years Old— Oleg

Place of birth: MoscowProfession: MechanicPassion or Dream: Traveling – I would like to visit all the countries in the world.

Place of birth: Moscow

Profession: Mechanic

Passion or Dream: Traveling – I would like to visit all the countries in the world.

57 Years— Sergey

Place of birth: LeningradProfession: Construction engineerPassion or Dream: I love music and fishing.

Place of birth: Leningrad

Profession: Construction engineer

Passion or Dream: I love music and fishing.

"Sergey and I went on a fishing trip for two days and it was so much fun," the photographer said. "We're still friends today."

61 Years Old— Grigoriy

Place of birth: SlavyanskyProfession: CarpenterPassion or Dream: I dream of happiness for my grandchildren and I love fishing.

Place of birth: Slavyansky

Profession: Carpenter

Passion or Dream: I dream of happiness for my grandchildren and I love fishing.

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75 Years— Ludmila

Place of birth: LeningradProfession: Art historianPassion or Dream: My whole professional life I was involved in restoration works and I’ve been breeding and taking care of greyhounds for 50 years.

Place of birth: Leningrad

Profession: Art historian

Passion or Dream: My whole professional life I was involved in restoration works and I’ve been breeding and taking care of greyhounds for 50 years.

"Every picture meant something to me. ... These people let me into their homes, let me ask them their dreams. For a lot of people this was private, it took them by surprise. But they let themselves trust me."

79 Years Old— Nina

Place of birth: Kurgansky areaProfession: GlassblowerPassion or Dream: I want to bring up my great-grandson and to do housework.

Place of birth: Kurgansky area

Profession: Glassblower

Passion or Dream: I want to bring up my great-grandson and to do housework.

82 Years Old— Nilolay

Place of birth: Vologodsky areaProfession: Excavator operatorPassion or Dream: I would like to meet a good woman and to get a family.

Place of birth: Vologodsky area

Profession: Excavator operator

Passion or Dream: I would like to meet a good woman and to get a family.

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"I liked the old people a lot because they had good stories and they told them to me," Heick-Abildhauge said.

89 Years Old— Muza

Place of birth: PushkinProfession: BibliographerPassion or Dream: I want to be healthy and to quietly leave this world, not noticing the end.

Place of birth: Pushkin

Profession: Bibliographer

Passion or Dream: I want to be healthy and to quietly leave this world, not noticing the end.

94 Years Old— Sofia

Place of birth: SivirskoeProfession: NursePassion or Dream: I like good and tasty food and to read books.

Place of birth: Sivirskoe

Profession: Nurse

Passion or Dream: I like good and tasty food and to read books.

97 Years Old— Petr

Place of birth: UralProfession: Electrician, retired colonelPassion or Dream: I dream of living for more than 100 years.

Place of birth: Ural

Profession: Electrician, retired colonel

Passion or Dream: I dream of living for more than 100 years.

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100 Years Old— Evdokia

Place of birth: Smolensky areaProfession: WorkerPassion or Dream: I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive.

Place of birth: Smolensky area

Profession: Worker

Passion or Dream: I dream of walking by myself, being independent and alive.

"[Evdokia] was particularly special to me because she was the gold, I did it!" Heick-Abildhauge said. "Everyone told me I couldn't find a 100-year-old, and I found a few. But she was special."

Heick-Abildhauge said that she happily lived alone in her own apartment, taking care of herself.

"We sat for hours in her apartment looking at her childhood, at old Russia. She showed me a picture and said, 'This year we only had enough money to take one photo,' and I was like, 'Wow I just sat here and took hundreds of you in a few seconds.'"

Next, the photographer hopes to do 100 years of Danish people, his own people.

"I'll be working on that for the next few years," he said.

h/t Bored Panda

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