ronny rozenberg (nl/il)
NOOR - BORIS: Love message for my grandfather
Ronny Rozenberg (b.1981) is an independent photographer based in the Netherlands. Born in Azerbaijan, grew up in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Israel. He served as a combat medic and later had a short career in the Merchandise Navy prior to turning to photography.
He was the participant of Noorderlicht Master Class 2011 and was selected for Eddie Adams Workshop XXV and International Summer School of Photography 2013.
His series “Infiltrators” won the 1st prize in the News category of Local Testimony Award 2012 and was exhibited in the Eretz-Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. His work has appeared in Stern, Die Welt, The New York Times, The Guardian and Haaretz among other (inter)national publications.
BORIS: LOVE MESSAGE FOR MY GRANDFATHER
My grandmother Sofia passed away last June. She was a loving grandmother. After the funeral the immediate family has gathered together for seven days of mourning. In the Jewish tradition, know as ‘Shiva’. The intensity and intimacy shared with close family felt really warm and safe and comforting. It felt like belonging.
It was also the first time that I saw my grandfather without my grandmother. After 60 years of belonging to each other. Belonging to the same house, same rooms, and same people. Now Boris, my grandfather belonged to himself.
This is a personal story. It was my way and my excuse to learn to know more about my grandfather. To try to understand what it meant for him to be living alone for the first time at age of 85; to get a glimpse into his life. I’ve wondered what he makes of his day now that there is no one home for him to take care for, to talk to, to sleep near with.
This is my modest attempt to capture my grandfather’s spirit and his private moments. It’s also my way to say him – thank you.