DescriptionFor over 100 years, the town of Kings Park, located about 50 miles east of Manhattan, was home to a psychiatric center. A sprawling complex, housing not only patients, but the staff and their families, it began to decline in population in the 1950s. By the early 1990s, the few remaining patients were transferred out, and dozens of buildings of all shapes and sizes were left abandoned. Being state-owned land, the property faced years of indecision, amidst citizen concerns of asbestos and contamination. Only in 2000 was a section of the campus reopened as a state park. The rest remains, waiting for the government decision to sell to private developers or work on converting the rest of the territory to parkland. In the meantime, nature has long taken over the majority of the buildings in the closed off sections of the grounds, and the result is a haunting picture of how fragile and transient our civilization is.For years, rebellious teenagers, photographers both professional and amateur, thrill seekers and conspiracy buffs have found their way inside the boarded up structures. However, it is not the decaying insides that I was interested in exploring in this series, but the thriving outside and the visual and spiritual relationship between these man-made ghosts and the landscape that will slowly swallow them whole.All of these images were digitally corrected to acutely echo the somber, monochromatic feeling of isolation and the moments of quiet reflection I experienced while roaming the grounds alone at dawn, through sunrise.What was once a quaint white walled porch looking out to a grassy hill is now a playground for ivy, which, unchecked, is digging at the cracks in the foundation.As with a fractal, one can look closer and closer into each and every corner of this battle, seeking a repeating pattern of the whole within the details.
My photos are directly inspired by my passion for travel and the metaphysical nuances of life.
In discovering parallels across vast distances, I endeavor to create mementos of a unified human experience. My observations illustrate the similarities between places, people and time, as reminders of the totality of the human race, a planet free of political or cultural boundaries.
I explore the surreal potential of the locations or document the unexpected. I do not stage or direct, aiming at a real moment inspired by the surroundings, or a person's reaction and interaction with their immediate environment. The experience of being "elsewhere" forces my mind to retreat, and for my eyes to give their undivided attention to each instance of time, reminding me of the preciousness of every second, any of which may lead me to the image I am meant to find.
In photographing details, I focus on the fragments of life often overlooked, minutiae of aesthetic, philosophical or cultural value passed by. I look to presenting the viewer with a painting, a work of art created by the flow of life and time, which I saw and documented.
I was born in the former city of Leningrad, in the former country of USSR. I intended to be a fashion designer, studied film and animation, but along the way discovered I had a knack for digital design. I worked my way into the motion graphics and design industry, where I remain professionally to this day. In 2005, my partner and I founded balance gfx, a boutique firm dedicated to all things creative and we have been running it since.
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My off-hours artistic endeavors depend on season, time of day or my mood - from figure drawing to painting murals around NYC. However, over the last few years photography taken center stage as my primary creative outlet, one which allows me to develop a creative voice in a way which feels very true to my life right now.
I currently live and work in New York City. Although I love it, I always dream of living somewhere and everywhere else.