I have watched my half-sister Diana grow over the past fifteen years through three week trips to Moscow, where I was born and where she has lived all her life. I had never considered myself an important figure as an older sister, or what that role could mean for her and for myself.
As she entered adolescence I felt pulled by an immense curiosity towards her, a heightened sense of familial intimacy and responsibility to fill the shoes of the distant role model I invariably represented. Connected by only half blood and separated by ten years as well as the Atlantic, I understood that to each other, we primarily existed as symbols, representing myths of a sisterly bond that seemed elusive yet significant. Photographing Diana became a increasingly significant personal act, an outlet for my curiosity, a means of revisiting my own memory of a younger self. (2014)
Hour of Departure / Book III
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