2014 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Samantha Yudinnew york NY USA
I am fascinated by light. It is the root of photography and plays a large role in my life. When I was 12 years old I fell in love with darkroom photography, and from that day on it has meant the world to me. Over the past few years I have focused on creating photograms in both the black and white and color darkrooms. Using my collection of glassware, I created unique photograms. They are about the relationship between the glass and the light sensitive paper and the reaction that occurs when placed under the enlarger. The glasses have become a vehicle to transmit the light through to the paper. They are very important to the work and second in importance only to the light. The objects I use in the photograms are important to me. I have been collecting glassware, dishware, and silverware for years and each piece I obtain has a different meaning to me. The pieces range from ones given to me by my grandparents, pieces from antique stores, to even mass-produced ones from Ikea and Crate and Barrel. The images are meaningful as studies of the properties of light, glass and color and how they are captured on photo sensitive paper. The subject matter, although in reality they are anchored to a subject, in the image the view can interpret it in anyway they want. The subject matter may not be understood to the viewer. It is not necessary to understand or know how the images are placed into our reality, but the viewer is to project their own feelings into the piece. Whether the viewer sees it as something minute or huge, the images are abstracted to create a platform for the viewer and for conversations.