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Too bright for our weak joy

A wonderful surprise of the truth

You may be wondering what this has to do with photography. Well, let me tell you!

Last year was a rough idea. I had some medical problems that I had to deal with, but eventually I had surgery, then quit my job and recovered for three months. During this time, people reached out for work that I wanted them to see. There were several books in the work that were piled up or placed on my bookshelf. I still discover them, especially when I’m struck by the urge to clean and organize my apartment.

At that time, I noticed a familiar shrink wrap book. It turned out to be Irina Rosovsky’s “Air of the Plains” (MACK, 2021). I wasn’t familiar with her work, but I noticed that it was on the list of top photobooks of all kinds and kept popping up on the social media accounts I follow. So I opened it and started looking for it.

Fortunately, “In Plain Air” turned out to be a series of beautiful and meditative photographs of life pulsating through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, one of my absolute favorite places on the planet. Many years ago, my wife and I lived within walking distance of the park. We go to the park to see the kids playing baseball, learn how to ride a bike with the help of their parents, and watch people barbecue in large groups. I loved to see it. It’s a really special place.

Rozovsky actually puts it all into her book, adding a magical touch. Whether you’re fishing, feeding swans, or relaxing in a tree, there’s often a soft, shining light that illuminates the people in the book. “In Plain Air” captures some of the most fascinating qualities of Prospect Park. It is almost medicinal as a long-awaited rest in a city that is always full of life.

Now, the detour of life becomes sharper here. I was interested in her work in a rather unlikely sequence of events, which is why I am writing about it now.

It all started with a glance at my bookshelf. But then it came to include the dream of moving to Baltimore, taking a train there, and discovering a wonderful new photo bookstore (Baltimore Photo Space) that knew about the new Gallery Space (CPM). After all, Rosovsky recently signed a copy of “In Plain Air” at a bookstore. She was in town and was doing a show about another job. Where else? — That new gallery space.

Let’s go back to the winding road. On Monday, I headed to CPM to check out the Rozovsky show. Interestingly, this show is completely different from what makes up “In Plain Air”. But check this out. Many of the works of the show called “Traditions Highway” were performed at the same time as the works of “In Plain Air”. It contains 16 photographs and various landscape paintings and long scrolling texts created while traveling on National Highway 15, a Georgia road known as the Traditional Highway. I am.

Rozovsky worked at CPM during various road trips around Athens, Georgia, where she currently lives. And while it’s a completely different subject from her book, it still gives off magical quality. The same effervescent light that looks like a flash brushing a chair sitting in a chair in a mottled wave of light or a man bending backwards in a yoga pose surrounded by trees There is quality. The whole show is balm and surrounds you with something like a fairy tale.

There are other similarities. “In Plain Air” has pictures of dogs and people fishing in the waters at Prospect Park. I was immediately amazed at the similarities of people standing on the edge of another body of water on the “Traditions Highway”. Both photos may have been taken at the same location, or at least in close proximity.

But there is a clear difference. Especially the muddy water in the latter image. It reminded me of the time I spent as an undergraduate (oh, another sloping road) — can you believe it? — Georgia. The more you write about all these confluences, the more real life a show and book will look like.

I would be disappointed if I didn’t say that the show at CPM was really fun. And it’s not just because of photography. The gallery space is really nice and fascinating. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to interact with the owner, Vlad Smolkin, who is a very warm and attractive host, as I was. I think it’s quite likely that you’ll need to contact the CPM to make a reservation to see Rozovsky’s work.

What are all this lessons? I don’t know — Following a rabbit on a winding road can end up with one or two clearings, opening up a whole new world of experience, learning, and growth.

You can purchase more information about “In Plain Air” (currently 2nd edition) here. For more information on CPM, please see here (also)[連絡先]Make a reservation from the tab and check “Traditions Highway”). Finally, more information on Rosovsky’s work can be found on her website (here).

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