Photographer's Note

Kilometer Zero (Нулевой Километр) is the point from which all distances to Moscow are measured. Its location is marked by this plaque set into the pavement in front of the Resurrection Gate at the entrance to Red Square.

The girl standing on the plaque has just made a wish; as she does so, she tosses a coin over her shoulder (the streak in front of the window). The two people standing behind her are waiting for the coin to fall and then they will fight to collect it. I saw these two people and a couple of others at the plaque every day; it must be how they make a living.

The odd thing is, I saw a lot of coins (kopeks, maybe some 1-ruble coins) scattered around the plaque. The best I can figure is that tradition requires the poor to pick up the coin just as it is tossed; if they don't pick it up within a few seconds (and I saw this happen), they leave it where it fell. Maybe the municipality gets them, or they wait until everyone leaves.

Technical: High Pass sharpening, and some cropping.

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