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Carte Postale

Anita Beaney

This series of analogue photographs are observations of light occurring in nature. The images are postcards from nature but also mementoes of an inner life.

‘In my images of sea and sky I aim to capture the serenity of the location, while inviting audiences to also look inward for a similar feeling of stillness. I am looking to find peace and inspiration by being in the natural environment, and hope to convey the calm I feel in my images. I return to the same place many times to record the light, colours and conditions that I find.’

Biography
After completing a BA majoring in Art History at Melbourne University Anita travelled overseas for two years then went on to do a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Photography at RMIT. Since then she has worked as a freelance commercial photographer with a parallel arts practice. Anita uses a medium format camera, a Mamiya twin lens c330 with 120 roll film, employing available light. The negatives are scanned, and the images then printed on to archival cotton rag. Analogue photographic techniques are employed to obtain detail and quality and then realised in a painterly manner through the size of the print and the quality of the paper. “I am looking to find peace and inspiration by being in the natural environment. I hope to convey the calm I feel through my subject matter in my images. Finding solitude, inspiration and abstraction in nature.’ Anita is based in Geelong, near The Great Ocean Rd in Victoria. She works in portraiture, fashion, still life and landscape. Twice short-listed for the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Anita’s work seeks out the complexity of the human form and the simplicity of the natural one.

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