Irina Rozovsky finds inspiration in the unknown and the sense of possibility that it creates. Her working process is spontaneous and intuitive – attuned to momentary shifts in light and atmosphere and circumstance; animated by unplanned, transient encounters with people and places in states of flux.

Irina Rozovsky finds inspiration in the unknown and the sense of possibility that it creates. Her working process is spontaneous and intuitive – attuned to momentary shifts in light and atmosphere and circumstance; animated by unplanned, transient encounters with people and places in states of flux.More

The stance of the outsider is a comfortable one for Rozovsky; new environments are rich territories ripe for exploration. The camera acts as a collaborator in this experience – photographing, for Rozovsky, is a way of getting to know a place and feeling its essence, a way of capturing the enchantment of the unfamiliar and the fleeting sense of connection that she shares with her subjects.

Discovery and chance also find their way into Rozovsky’s images. Rather than a tool for imposing a particular vision on her subject, she regards the camera as an instrument for transforming the real and seeing things in a way that the eye cannot. Her aesthetic is similarly fluid, ranging from intimate, almost theatrical portraits created by the combination of darkness and flash, to romantic scenes bathed in soft daylight, and dramatic, saturated images created by introducing tonal shifts into the printing process.

Although Rozovsky often photographs in areas of conflict, she prefers to remain on the periphery of political narratives. Her ability to empathize with a variety of viewpoints allows her to look beyond immediate circumstances and personal agendas, communicating something more essential about the human spirit, finding beauty in unlikely places and singular forms.