AMERICA EMBRACED – CHRISTINA STOROZKOVA

I have worked with a lot of talented assistants over the years, some of which are wonderful and amazing image-makers. This post is about one of them. Christina Storozkova and I met a couple of years ago while she was assisting me with a feature article for AARP Magazine. Her love for the US was immediately noticeable. I often ask many of my assistants if they would share their work for me to look at. I always love seeing images, and often assistants are very apprehensive to show, and Christina was no different.

Fast-forward 2 years and the leap she has made in making images has been astounding. It was quite impressive to say the least. I have been noticing it on her Facebook postings and with each post it just seems to get better and more refined. Something you notice immediately is her POV aka DNA of her images. Something I speak of often and Christina has that… a POV. Her work is profoundly American, with a very artful flair. Some of it reminds me of Eggleston, but more so unique and harmonious combination of Eggleston and Christina…well see for yourself.

1. Please tell me about yourself and how you ended up in the US, I think it’s a interesting story.

I am from Soviet Russia, however I now call the U.S. home.  I arrived here due to ingenuity, perseverance and a little bit of luck. If anyone wants to know the long story, they can invite me to lunch.

2. Why have you chosen photography as a vocation?

It wasn’t a choice, it’s just something that I have to do.

3. Since you assisted me a couple years ago your photography has become much more thoughtful and refined. I feel its as if you have made huge leaps in your passion for making images. What happened? It’s very impressive.

Assisting you was an eye-opening experience and it taught me a lot about working with people. After that I just kept shooting.

4. I find that the underlying theme in your work is about America, it reminds me a little about Eggleston. Can you elaborate a little on your subject matter? I find it very interesting.

As a foreigner, America was always an idea, a land filled with possibilities.  I think that gave me a different perspective on things.  Mostly I just seek out images that speak to me, and try to capture that.

5. What has been your inspiration in finding your subjects? Where does your motivation come from?

Being on the road and chatting with the locals helps.  Oftentimes I see something and I know I have to shoot it.

6. What is the one project you would love to embrace and why?

I would love to ride the Amtrak rails for a month and see the country through a window of a train.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Creating amazing images.

US POLO ASSOCIATION

Toward the end of 2013, my crew and myself made a trip down to the International Polo Club in Palm Beach, FL for a photo shoot with the US Polo Association (USPA). It was a great time hanging out with the players and Jacqueline Harrigan and Alexa Cutler from the USPA.

After a week of shooting, here are some things I now know about Polo:

-The game of Polo dates back to the 6th Century BC.

-Polo was first played in the United States in 1876, although there are conflicting accounts of where and when that year the first match took place.

-Most teams have 40 plus “Polo Ponies”.

-Polo players are personally sponsored. These sponsors are called “Patron” pronounced (pah-trone).

-It takes millions of dollars to support a polo team, no wonder it has been referred to as the “Sport of Kings”.