Check out Growlery resident Anna Landa's talk on the concept and process behind her work at the Harvey Milk Photo Center's 2016 Lecture Series. Anna says:
My work reflects a fascination with the fickleness of perception, and is an ongoing exploration of the space between conscious reality and the unknown. While the subject matter and techniques may vary, the images are unified by a mood of wistful melancholy and, broadly, a sense of impermanence, a focus on fragile beauty, and a nostalgic longing for moments that may never have existed. Many of my photographs are deeply personal glimpses into the perspective of one raised under the influence of Soviet-era nostalgia. My distinct style of anti-climactic portraiture behaves like a still-life: subjects are stale and frozen in time as though relegated to a permanent state of transition. Technically, I have a loose and personal approach. My silver gelatin prints are made by hand in my bathtub, in much the same manner as that in the USSR. There is no elaborate process, and each image results in a different variation.More recently I’ve been drawing inspiration from the field of social neuroscience, integrating empirical research with personal experience and observation to create works concerning the mechanics and reasoning behind conscious (and subconscious) thought.My aim is to use these findings as inspiration for playful and sometimes interactive works, augmenting the base research to add elements of fantasy in the hopes of creating projects both thought provoking and visually intriguing.