"Untitled", 2013, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9"

“Untitled”, 2013, Archival Pigment Print, 9 x 9″

Sofia Verzbolovskis

In my work as a photographer, I try to capture the hidden geometry of the urban landscape. For me seeing is really about walking and uncovering the overlooked symmetries of buildings, pedestrians, and daily life on the streets. I am drawn to the anonymity of silhouettes, and how they can become graphic elements within the frame.  This has been a constant approach to my photography no matter which camera I am using. After completing a series with the iPhone on Spain and Portugal, I turned my eye to my home country of Panama.  In Cementerio de Diablos I documented the demise of the Diablos Rojos, Panama City’s main public buses, which ran for decades until they were decommissioned in 2011. When the buses were pulled from the streets, I photographed them in a junkyard on the outskirts of the city where thousands waited to be torn apart for scrap.
Presently, I am working on project about Colón, a former bustling port city that has been in decline for decades and remains stagnant while other parts of Panama flourish. My hope is to ultimately create a portrait of Colón, focusing not only on what the city has lost—beautiful colonial facades crumbling into ruins—but on the residents who still persevere despite high rates of crime, poverty and racial discrimination.

Sofia Verzbolovskis  (NY, NY) is a Panamanian photographer and writer. After graduating from NYU with a B.A. in Economics and Latin American Studies in 2009, she traveled to Accra, Ghana as a volunteer in a local school. While in Ghana, she began to focus on photography. She returned to New York to study photojournalism at the International Center of Photography (2010-2011). She is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post where she writes about art, music and travel. Her photographs have been published in Musee Magazine, Huffington Post, Jungles in Paris, Hashtag Photography Magazine, among many other publications.

Her first solo exhibition, Diablos Rojos: Fin de una era, at El Taller Latino Americano (September 2012) traveled to Allegro Gallery in Panama (Summer 2013). Most recently, she was selected to represent Panama in the Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC) which will be on display in Guatemala in August 2014.