Asia’s statement for Bridget and I follows:
6 years ago I found Bridget on Craigslist . I was intrigued and decided to spend $100 not knowing really what will I do with her. One day I took her out of my basement, dressed her up and started to set up a portrait. She looked bit stiff and the photo needed something.. never before I was a fan of doing self portraits but I decided to jump in. Suddenly I found myself in the midst of my most exciting project-don’t get me wrong- taking photos always brought me incredible rush and joy.
Working as a photographer I feel like a dog with it’s head out of the window of a car on the way to the park. This project became my visual diary- place where I record my dreams, my past, my everyday life. My hope was to create a fairy tale that is timeless, independent of place, hermetically sealed from the outside world. This cathartic process has allowed me to explore issues of my identity as a woman and as an immigrant. Quite often images of me are reflection of my Mother and Grandmother back in Poland. All images are self portraits taken with 4×5 camera. The only exception are water shots.
This adventure has been physically challenging (Bridget is quite heavy and rigid) but incredibly rewarding personally.
Many, many thanks to Lenscratch for introducing me to this fine fine photographer.