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Wedding Crashers

Nikita Nikolaev finds himself unexpectedly at a wedding in a monastery

Photo by Nikita Nikolaev

The Capriana Monastery is located approximately 35 km northwest of Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Bessarabia, dating back to at least the 15th century. PhD student Nikita Nikolaev (BSc 2010 UC) visited the site in May of last year while pursuing his passion for travel. Still unfamiliar with the local culture, he and his travel mates were fortunate to arrive at the monastery just in time for a traditional Moldovan wedding.

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“I thought this angle captured the full glory of the monastery, especially with such a contrasting sky in the background,” says Nikolaev. He applied a black-and-white filter to the original image.

Nikolaev became interested in photography as a way to document to his travels, and for the creative outlet it provides. While photography is purely a hobby, Nikolaev has sold several photographs. He studied geometry at U of T, and hopes to become a mathematician.

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