I am Bita Behzad, a junior photography student coming from Tehran, Iran. I started my photography education at Tehran University 6 years ago and continued it at Parsons New York. With an interest in Gregory Crewdson’s photography and Ingmar Bergman’s cinema, my work constitutes photographing people surrounded by the objects they keep in their living environment. Through these photographs, I convey the relationship between the people and the places. These images present the mood and the psychological challenges of the people that I portray.
Literature plays a great role in my practice. Each of my projects begin with a concept or an idea that was inspired by a word, a phrase or a story. Then I expand on the idea by casting people who are experiencing a similar state of mind to my own. The people that I choose are mostly outsiders.
In my practice, image making plays a role of catharsis; it connects me with who I am, influenced by my Iranian culture and the different life experiences that I had growing up in Iran and what I have encountered after my immigration to the United States. Photography helps me express my inner drive and desire as a young Iranian female immigrant residing in this country.