But in real life things are rarely still and perfectly arranged, and our visual experience is rarely as focused and precise as a “perfect” photograph might suggest. A moving object, bad weather, poor lighting or obstructed view can be a challenge or an opportunity to bring the magic back. Creating mysterious dreamlike images that do not necessarily reflect objective reality, whether by intent or by a lucky accident in the process, has become a special interest of mine. In these vague images, I endeavor to capture fleeting moments, barely visible, ambiguous or disappearing things, gradually descending into oblivion.
- Sonia Melnikova-Raich
I was born and grew up in Moscow, in the former USSR. There I was trained and worked as an artist and architect. Later in life, when I already lived in San Francisco, I turned to photography, but schooling in painting and architecture remains present in my work. I exhibit locally and nationally and have been a winner in many art and photography juried exhibits. I have had several solo shows and some of my photographs have been featured in professional art and photography magazines.