My name is Sonia Goydenko. Born in Ukraine, my family and I fled the effects of Chernobyl and arrived in New Jersey in 1990. Studying psychology, Russian literature, and history at Rutgers University, I have always been interested in how our emotions and actions are influenced by the society we live in and by the historical events that have befallen our country. After having a particularly eye-opening trip to Israel, I decided to break out of my New Jersey home. I began living in New York City while working part-time as an ESL Instructor for Korean students in order to support myself. Any free time I had available to me was spent photographing the streets of New York. I had quite a unique range of subjects on the street: from the average businessman on his way to work, to the homeless woman who lived in front of the infamous Ukrainian bar Odessa in the Lower East Side. Perspective is key in photography, and mine has been reshaped and remolded countless times.