My name is Kristina Rozhkova, I'm 25, and I am from Perm, Russia. I have started doing photography rather recently, about 2 years ago, at a school in St. Petersburg, Russia, where I have lived since finishing my Master's Degree in philosophy.
My journey towards photography was roundabout and happened in several stages. Initially, while I was still living in Perm, I received a camera as a gift from a friend, who suggested that I begin by taking shots of nude models.
I put out a call among my friends and acquaintances on social media, and had several people come in for shoots with me. Mostly these people belonged to the alternative scene. I would describe this initial period as extremely intense: I would do one or two shoots a day trying different angles going through hundreds of shots.
After moving to St. Petersburg, I found out about the Fotografika Photo Academy and submitted my portfolio on a whim. Looking back, I can say that this collection of shots was rather risqué, of course, I had several conventional photos and portraits, but there were also quite many photos of the human form and genitals.
It happened that my application was successful, and I even won a full scholarship to attend Fotografika! Since then, my vision has shifted quite a bit from that initial portfolio shoot, I can now say that I have become more interested in conceptual photography generally. However, I still retain the same intensity and even aggressive way in my shootings. I think that has become a definitive part of my style.