Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Andrea Huerta Sally Mann

Sally Mann was born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, where lives and works today. She earned a BA from Hollins College in 1974, and an MA in writing in 1975. Her early series of photographs of her three children and husband is perhaps her most well known series called “Immediate Family.” Mann later photographed landscapes that are of interest to me as an artist because she created beautiful and haunting photographs with old cameras that had a lot of problems that she had to work with to create her work.

Sally Mann's landscapes are especially inspiring to me. I love the way her camera has light leaks, scratches and imperfections. This gives her photographs a mysterious feeling that seems to be about past times, old gardens and trees that seem to have some story behind them. The photographs where the human touch is there along with the beautiful landscape are very interesting to me because I am interested in using architecture or objects in a landscape to show that a person was there. The photograph titled "Unitiled #18" uses architecture to speak about how man divides nature with a stone fence that makes the landscape have a lonely or sad feeling.

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