Photographer and nature lover, she's happiest when surrounded by plants and a towering collection of art books.
Can you remember the first photo you took that had something? I remember getting a photo back when I was a kid, it was of a shadow of some plants at dusk. It was one good photo of 36, but after that I think I realised I just wanted to take pictures forever. How do you manipulate your images? Layering and variation – multiple iterations of an image collaged together with some light digital marking. I often bring the negative back into the image and then paint onto the image digitally with colours I find in Persian textiles and illustrations. Tell us about growing up in a house full of orchids... My home is a huge influence in my work. When I was in school I started focusing mainly on domestic spaces and light, and then I started focusing on houseplants. My room is my studio and I often only use natural light. There is something about the way the light shines in a space that’s domestic and your own. My mother almost always had fresh-cut flowers and orchids in my childhood home. Aside from the flowers, “home” is also full of Persian rugs and other intricate textiles and objects since my parents are Persian and that’s the part of their home that they brought with them. These spaces and objects greatly influence my work, especially flower arrangements and the gardens I would spend my time in as a kid. Are you superstitious? I often find myself knocking on wood or squirming a bit if I break a mirror. I’m actually fairly sceptical, but they’re mannerisms I picked up from other folks. What was the last thing you ranted about? Probably complaining about the postal service here. I am sure I am always doing that. If you had three wishes what would you wish for? The ability to slow down time, a sunny home with a greenhouse and tetrachromat vision.
See more of Azar's work at roxanaazar.com.