Sasha Arutyunova Uses Photography As a Coping Mechanism

Photographer Sasha Arutyunova is interested in idiosyncratic details, collisions of people and objects in space (sometimes literally), and intimate moments punctured by some tragic detail.

Her work has an intimate feel to it that draws you in. Born in Moscow, raised in Florida, and currently based in New York, Arutyunova takes inspiration from her daily struggles and everyday chaos.

“My life and those dear to me, my general experience of life and the chaos of living are all subjects that are a part of the work,” she told Frankie Magazine. “Photography is definitely a coping mechanism for me, a way for me to understand my experiences by spitting them back out in rectangular form.”

Describing her photography and the way it reflects her as a person, she said “I would say it’s quietly perceptive in the way I hope myself to be, it’s struggling with romanticism and constantly falling in love with everything, it’s both tender and critical. It’s a very honest window into things that have stirred or pulled at my heart.”

Take a closer look.

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Grandma in repose, 2019

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Marathon anticipation for @runnersworldmag

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