Agnieszka Sosnowska



Agnieszka Sosnowska


I began a series of self portraits that now span 25 years. I was 18 years old when I began to take
them. These self portraits helped me better understand whom I was and what I hoped to become. I
still continue to make these self-portraits, but in a new setting: in 2005 I married an Icelander and
moved to a farm in the Eastern part of Iceland from Boston Massachusetts.

In Iceland the landscape and the weather are infinitely changing. Age and decay create a surreal
world of rituals that may appear unappealing or in some cases, grotesque.

The affects of a cross-culture life inspires the characters that I create. Here in Iceland—a culture
embedded by ancient sagas, and myths of elves that live inside rocks—there speaks many voices
that come to life.

My adult experiences have informed my sensibility to expose the hidden world of the stories my
mind nurtures. As a woman, I interpret these cultural stories in a primal and sensual way. To
embody what is sometimes ordinary, sometimes purely feminine, and sometimes supernatural is to
seek a way to make private images public.

I use a 4X5 view camera to create these images. From beneath my dark cloth, I compose the edges
of a story that reveals my inclusion to a place. My photographs are the language that connects me to
truths deep within myself. In that split of a second when the lens shutter clicks, fantasy and reality
become one and I ' belong' to the moment.