A cycle of portraits by the artist Ekaterina Ezhkova was inspired by an old school photograph found in an archive of some women Gymnasium in the pre-revolutionary Russia. These portraits are realistic and somewhat illusive. They appear on canvases through layers of time. Characters as well as stylistics of portrait art belong to another, gone-by time. Mostly they are only faces, painted with acrylic on a partly primed canvas by a slight, almost imperceptible fine brush. The gentle touch is a reflection of characters and destinies. It is amazing how the artist manages to achieve maximum expressiveness of an image with such an asceticism of means. Her portraits mainly emphasize eyes – sometimes confused, sometimes questioning, sometimes serious. They live their intense life in a single focus-point. They are like wide-open souls suddenly encountering our stares with their openness and vulnerability.