"Roja Portraits", Art on Armitage, Chicago, IL, 2007

Fifteen inkjet prints mounted on aluminum, 14" X 16", installed in front window of Art on Armitage Gallery.

Roja is situated at the estuary of the Roja River and the Baltic Sea. A virtually untouched natural environment surrounds the area. The local fishing village has become a destination for tourists post Soviet occupation. The locals are reserved and cautious, an outcome of years of abuse and surveillance. In an attempt to meet the people of Roja, I decided to document a day spent in the village, recording my interactions with the environment and the local people. So as not to intrude, I focused the camera lens on my feet and those feet I met during the day.