When I am making a photograph of a certain person in a certain place, I am more concerned about what that particular moment feels like, rather than precisely describing how it looks. For me, a lasting image is one that reveals the photographer's emotional dedication, sincerity and captivation with the subject. In a way, I photograph for the same reasons that lie beneath anyone's instinct to take a photograph—be it of a friend, a sunset, an event—not only to record the facts, but to capture proof of a feeling. I like the idea that I am part of a larger, common practice of making pictures and the human urge to memorialize moments. Perhaps it confirms that we are alive and part of the world.
I am photographing the same things that one finds shuffling through a regular family photo album. Yet although I photograph people and places in my life, I aim for the photos to have a universality that makes them accessible and recognizable to anyone. These are photos of people I know, but I am not showing exclusive relationships—they are open to the viewer and flexible to interpretation. The people in my photographs exist outside my connection to them.
My ideal photograph can trigger a personal memory or association in the viewer similar to the way a specific aroma can suddenly call to mind a place from the past—something familiar yet not entirely nameable.
- Irina Rozovsky, 2007
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