It’s rainy season in Seattle and the time of year when I’m looking to stay creative on the glummest gray days. And, Moscow by Boogie has inspired me to find the grittier side of my hometown.
There’s an industrial, blue-collar side of the Seattle I know and have photographed somewhat.
“Raw” is a bit overused, but Boogie’s photos hit hard assaulting the senses. Boogie’s arresting gaze is directly returned by his subjects, and an undeniable rapport and intimacy is felt by the viewer.
Looking through an early review copy of the book, it felt like I was witnessing something, above all, crucially human.
The photos are so visceral, I couldn’t look away.
The first time I visited Moscow, I felt like I had found my tribe. A big, powerful, lost tribe. Us Serbs always regarded Russians as our Orthodox Christian brothers; our historical friends and protectors. When you first meet them, Russians are very cold and reserved. But when they get to know you, they will give you everything. Russians are very strong: walking around Moscow, you see 50, 60, 70-year old people who could rip your head off! When I’m in a foreign city, I shoot like a madman. I walk and shoot 15 hours a day. Moscow is huge; it’s very hard to cover photographically. It’s hard to do it justice. I think, with this book, I only scratched the surface.
Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Boogie began photographing rebellion and unrest during the civil war that ravaged his country during the 1990s. Growing up in a war-torn country defined Boogie’s style and attraction to the darker side of human existence. He moved to New York City in 1998. Boogie has also shot for high profile clients and has been published in world-renowned publications. Boogie lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Available for preorder now, Moscow by Boogie ships next month for $19.46 from Amazon.
Also published on Medium.