Origins of an Emotion by Monika Merva

Issue 53

My intention is to make images that compel the viewer to reflect and deepen his own understanding of the world, to look intently and intimately at one’s surroundings and relationships.

I photograph subjects that are quiet, yet evoke an emotional intensity. I search for beauty in the ordinary - surprises in the commonplace. I am fascinated by the universality of the individual, and strive to reveal the feelings that draw me to my subject.

In contemplating this series, I am confronted with the uneasy sense that this body of work is as much about beginnings as it is about endings, life and death. It is about securing memories of loved ones and moments, allowing us to keep them close and safe, even if it is a false sense of security.

Monika Merva lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
To view more of Monika's work, please visit her website.

Hello, World!

  Doki's Hand, 2010 

Doki's Hand, 2010 

  Irma's Peaches, 2010 

Irma's Peaches, 2010 

  Dad, 2011 

Dad, 2011 

  Gorge, 2012 

Gorge, 2012 

  Lilla Sleeping, 2011 

Lilla Sleeping, 2011 

  Knives, 2011 

Knives, 2011 

  Hydrangeas, 2012 

Hydrangeas, 2012 

  Lilla, 2009 

Lilla, 2009 

  Wet Hair, 2012 

Wet Hair, 2012 

  Doki, 2009 

Doki, 2009 

  Butterfly, 2013 

Butterfly, 2013 

  Light, 2012 

Light, 2012 

  Blades, 2011 

Blades, 2011 

  Our Rabbit, 2009 

Our Rabbit, 2009 

  Doki's Flowers, 2010 

Doki's Flowers, 2010 

  Spill, 2009 

Spill, 2009 

  Bubbles, 2013 

Bubbles, 2013