The “Floating World” series by Roza Vulf takes its roots from the 17th century Japanese Art called Ukyio. It was originally translated to mean “sad world”, but with the evolution of language, literature and the usage of the term itself, the most recent translation of Ukyio-e pertains to the phrase “floating world” or fleeting pictures of the world. This philosophy, the love of the ordinary, anonymous and unposed, resonates with Roza’s photography. Most of the images breath loneliness and profound human thought, drawing a parallel to the initial meaning of Ukyio-e.
“Our everyday reality is built of moments. Those are valuable due to their fragility and impermanence. I try to capture the moments in a harmonious way, where my sentiment reflects from stranger’s emotions. My “Floating World” holds the diversity of basic human emotions – happiness, sadness, devastation or hope.”
Roza Vulf is a Lithuanian born photographer currently living in Rome, Italy. Being a self-taught street photographer she often captures moments by simply translating her perception of an immediate environment, like underground, street or beach, isolating her characters in colour and style of a particular moment.
“I feel relaxed among strangers in the crowd. My guard is down. My mind is open. I observe. And my gut feeling takes me places. I am fully susceptible to the surroundings as “the street” itself allows me just for a fraction of a second to connect with someone else’s story.”
Roza’s work was exhibited around the globe and has been featured in a great number of publications and photography platforms. Her work was nominated and awarded in numerous international competitions. She is a winner of the Street Life category in British Life Photography Awards 2019.