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artist statement

Nadezhda Ryan

 

I think I have a natural ability to see art in the world. I take photos of what I feel could be a good photo. Photography has always interested me, but not until I started high school was I able to get actual photography education. I love all forms of art, but I enjoy photography so much because it allows much more instant gratification than other art forms, such as painting or writing. I have too many ideas to articulate, and photography lets me make as much art as possible. Other mediums like painting and drawing are difficult for me because I start so many projects and never finish any of them. I have too many ideas an d visions to make them all reality.

Some artists that I like and that inspire me are John Singer Sargent and Yumna al-Arashi. Both use similar elements in their work as I do, such as colors that complement each other well, framing, and subject matter. I am especially influenced by Yumna al-Arashi in that I would like to do photojournalism and freelance photography as well. Other photographers I like are Sally Mann, Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, and Richard Avedon. I also love good cinematography, such as in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Her, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan.

My method for taking photos would be a direct approach, or point-and-shoot. The equipment I use varies- I usually take photos with whatever I have most readily available, whether it’s an iPhone or an actual DSLR camera. I don’t use any special lenses, and I don’t like to do much post-production editing, if any. I think photographs, mine at least, look best as they are taken. When taking photos, I don’t think about the ‘rules’ or ‘guidelines’ of photography very much; I do what comes naturally to me. I look for good composition in the world- you can find a good photo anywhere if you try hard enough.

My photos often have a nice color scheme, and are never super bright and colorful. Personally, I really don’t like bright colors, so this translates into my work, even if it is not all black and white. Many of my photos are landscapes, but I would like to work on more portraits. To me, portraits are better if they are candid, or at least semi-candid. You can see more genuinely who a person is, because you are seeing them as they are, rather than who they want you to see.

I hope to continue with photography professionally and to do documentary photography, editorial work, and freelance photography. I’m still learning and I’m sure my style will grow and evolve over time.