The barren emptiness of the desert is devoid of sentiment. There is no poetry in the dried up surface, no melancholy stirred up by the gusts of fine sand. On a beach or in a forest, in a green field or in an architectural wonder of a city, one is overwhelmed by the beauty of the environment, the lyricism of associations and memories. But in the sudden vacuum of a desert whiteout there is only isolation.
As the sun is blocked out by the dust and the horizon is swept away, the first anxious moment of helplessness metamorphoses into a feeling of unbounded freedom. In this vast, disorienting silence, one is left entirely to the immediacy of the experience.
It is rare to find a space lacking the external noise of over-stimulation. But it is necessary in order to hear oneself better. The isolation of the whiteout brings introspection and resets the senses. The sterility of the desert becomes an oasis.
Born in 1979 in the Ukraine, Dina Litovsky moved to New York in 1991. After receiving her bachelor degree in Psychology from NYU, Dina Litovsky turned to photography and has earned her MFA graduate degree in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2010.
Most recently Dina was selected as one of PDN 30, 2014 New and Emerging photographers to watch. Other honors and awards include 1st place at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2012, PDN Personal Project 2013 and 1st place at the International Photography Awards, 2011. Dina Litovskyâ€™s work has been published by a number of printed and online publications including the New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek Japan, GQ, PDN, Ojo De Pez, FotoMagazin and Stern Magazine.
She is represented by Anastasia Photo gallery in New York City.