Photographer of the Week #122: Ryan Shorosky

Ryan Shorosky is a 27-year-old photographer currently based in New York City. He received his BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2013. He appreciates good-fitting jeans, Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, and smiling at dogs.

“These four images are in a way documents of what you would consider left overs, things that seem to exist for a singular purpose. I think something really interesting can happen when someone starts to look at these objects in a way that brings them into sharper focus, and in doing so brings them to life. It immediately gives weight to something otherwise deemed ordinary; proving that there’s this potential to create an entire conversation around something as simple as an object that we may all pass right by within our everyday lives.” – Ryan Shorosky

Shorosky’s images of everyday objects find sculptural qualities in the banal, exploring elements of structure, shape, and arrangement. Beyond these aspects of design, his photographs embody a level of urgency, as if they are also documents of a previous, sudden action. Shorosky’s decision to crop in on his subjects and conceal a larger, definitive context, leaves viewers to imagine what events may be unfolding outside of each frame. Each photograph possesses a convincing sensory experience–we can almost feel the touch of cold metal, the weight of several gathered bowling balls, and the sound of fractured steel–all of which elevate Shorosky’s images from simple visual recordings of everyday things to vehicles for which we can relate to, investigate, and interpret.

Shorosky has also been working on a long-term project Green Grow the Lilacs, where he began documenting his experiences working full-time as a long-haul truck driver, exploring an industry largely unnoticed. He explains that this ongoing project “alludes not only to the themes and dynamics explored within the body of work, but also to his relationship with photography. He is curious about exploring the idea of the self implying other and more specifically its manifestation onto everyday objects and otherwise quiet, sometimes forgotten about subject matter.”

To see more of Shorosky’s projects, make sure to check out his website.