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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Picture spot for Veronika
FROZEN IN TIME. . . Veronika's conection with the wldlife brings her a sense of safety and belonging

A UKRAINIAN actress who found refuge in Langholm has had her photography showcased at the Big Buzz Conference.

Veronika Zolotoverkha spent the last six years working as a professional theatre director and performer at a theatre in Severodonetsk, Ukraine.

Since then, the theatre has been obliterated by Russian shelling and the 32-year-old fled to Dumfriesshire alongside her mother when Russians occupied the region in May.

Since arriving here she has taken up photography.

And Veronika was delighted to be asked by The University of Cumbria to submit images to be part of the exhibition for the Wildlife Trust’s Big Buzz Conference held at the university.

Veronika visited the Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve on several occasions and enjoys the experience of the site and its wild lands.

She said: “This space reminds me of the landscape of home, especially the cornflowers. It is good to be immersed in my photography taking images of the insects in this natural habitat.”

Veronika’s pictures were showcased in three panels for the conference. She said: “I was amazed at the comments about my work from wildlife media experts at the university and to have my work exhibited with other professional wildlife photographers was amazing.”

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