Ana Leal

Title: Psychological Landscapes

About the Photo:

Psychological Landscapes aims to bring to discussion the way we see things and how these images relate to the photography medium showing new possibilities for the viewer to observe the world.It all starts with a photograph of a landscape. A lake, a river, a mountain. Scenarios so common to our eyes. The images were captured between 2017 and 2020 at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, both in the USA and at the French Alps.

After capture I worked on postproduction transforming the usual landscape photograph into a psychological landscape that represent our feelings and moods. Each piece of work has its name in reference to these sensations such as Blurry Calm, Blurry Joy, Blurry Serene.The work also assumes digital manipulation in contemporary photography to present it as a support for artistic expression, and not only as a record keeper. It also pays homage to the abstraction exercises of the Dutch artist Theo van Doesberg, the main leader of the De Stijl movement.

Although they are simply photographs, they are also pure paintings, brushstrokes made through a lens, dubious colors and abstract shapes, vestiges of landscapes, which invite us to dive into their inner labyrinths. I am passionate about the variety of forms that can be explored in photography and I want to share these possibilities with a broader audience.

Psychological Landscapes is a series of 14 square abstract photographs.Each piece is produced in an edition of 15 + 2 AP for a total edition of 17.

This body of work is printed on Archival paper Hahnemühle German Etching and Hahnemühle Canvas with archival ink.