TIFA 2023 Fine Art / Collage


  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Collage
  • Photographer
    Forough Yavari
  • Technical Info
    Nikon Z7, Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.8 S, Broncolor Siros L 800 With Beauty Dish
  • Photo Date

Confronting loss isn't easy, even impossible. It takes you from being sad to calm, from feeling angry to facing loneliness. You try to avoid it and resist it and even physically get away from it, but you can't, and it ages you and hurts you. This is someone that is still in a lot of pain from loss, not that they'll ever be pain-free, but they haven't hit the bottom of the curve yet. This image is created during the lock-down when I found myself separated from my mother, grief of losing my dad had ignited inside me once again.

Forough Yavari is an award-winning fine art portrait and fashion photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by her life experiences as a woman, Forough’s work focuses on portraying the narrative behind the lives of women from around the world. Born in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Forough was passionate about art from a young age, drawing and painting imaginary subjects as a child. She went on to formally pursue painting in university, where she discovered her passion for photography while modelling for a photography student.