Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and emigrated to the United States shortly after the fall of communism in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2005, she currently lives and works in Houston, TX. Series "Inherent Traits" began as a yearlong project during which Kurlat set out to photograph herself a hundred times. Slight variations in gesture, expression and posture become significant once the photographs are compiled. This kind of long-term methodical reflection allows subjects and themes, which would otherwise be overlooked to come to the surface. The process of photographing oneself can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable, yet the work allows little room for consideration. This quick pace during the shooting process combined with the inherent steadfast qualities of the collodion process force an honest approach to the often-deceptive practice of self-portraiture.