Villagers call Meyram water sprite because he has been working as a plumber for 26 years. Right now Meyram is on vacation but he still goes to work to check out if everything is Ok because he prefers to look after things himself. He gets to work by bicycle, both in summer and winter. Water is his source of income (he makes about $100 a month). Besides, it is his friend and healer.
It is December and we are at a village in the Novosibirsk Region.
Meyram’s house is bigger and newer than that of his parents’ located nearby. It so happened that the water sprite lives alone. His brothers and sisters moved to Kazakhstan and he refused to leave his Motherland. His house has a lot of satellite plates because he’s interested in many things.
He says that he works not only for money. He also works for the good of the village. Today, there’s nobody who could replace him and if something happens, the whole village would be left with no water.
His father participated in the Battle of Kursk and then was wounded by a shot. He returned home in 1944.
He says he never envies other people. This feeling seems sort of humiliating for him. He tries to work hard and be thankful for everything he has.
Meyram. The photograph was taken in the 70s.
He believes his body will be healthy until his mind and soul are healthy, no matter how much food he has in the fridge.
If a person buys food for the money he’s stolen and gives it to his family, he slowly poisons them all. Meyram prefers to eat what he’s earned and thinks it will make him healthy and happy.
He goes to work whenever he has to: early in the morning, during the day or late at night.
There are pumps in this construction.
Meyram is always ready to help other people.
Twice a week (at any weather!) he takes a shower in the street. When he stops doing it, some time later he feels uneasy. He believes people to be a part of nature and water can heal if you treat it right.
That day, he hurried to a meeting where they were to discuss opening of a museum in the village. Meyram is very excited about it.
Location: The Novosibirsk Region