As an art and documentary photographer, Kira Gyngazova feeds off the energy of displacement, newness and adventure – all of which she finds while constantly flitting between Asia and Europe, two continents she considers home. Gyngazova’s move from her native Saint Petersburg a decade ago was the catalyst that ignited her passion for photography. Exploring the subject of human and city identity, her emotive portraits and still lifes exude a heady mix of energy and nostalgia, bringing intrigue and attitude to even the most basic of scenarios.
Her influences – Paul Thomas Anderson, David Lynch, Andrei Takovsky – attribute to the cinematographic quality of her compositions, and the moving melancholy that accompanies each oeuvre comes from something deeply personal. “Being an immigrant means spending a lot of time by yourself,” she explains. “Even the most populated metropolis can feel deserted sometimes. I like to play with this emotion in my images. I feel like it fits me.”
Images © Kira Gyngazova / with permission