Anne Smith Duncan‘s collection Illusions (Landscape) is on display in the Griffin Main Gallery until March 26, 2021, as a part of the Atelier 33 exhibition. Interested to know more about her inspiration and process for capturing these abstract landscapes, we asked Anne a few questions.
What can be said about finding inspiration in unconventional places?
I was sitting at my table eating lunch one day and looking out the window. I noticed my neighbor’s concrete foundation with the stains from the soil, water, weather and the colors brought out by the light, and it reminded me of a landscape. Lunch uneaten, I went to make images. This series evolved from that singular day, and subsequently, I made many images of the foundations of my neighbors’ homes and my own. Inspiration comes from looking and being open to possibilities — and then picking up the camera and not waiting until “later.”
How has your photography changed since the beginning of the
I have been more creative than ever with the restrictions of the pandemic. With all my other activities eliminated, I feel very productive with my photography, having much more focused time. The absence of travel, however, has been a loss.
What do you hope we as viewers take away from viewing your work?
I hope the viewer brings their own experience and expectations to make meaning of each image. In discussions with others, I have found that what I see is not the same “landscape” or idea that they see, so I intentionally have not titled any of the images, allowing each person to find their own meaning.
Tell us what is next for you creatively.
I have been reviewing my image archives and editing projects into little books, primarily for myself as a way to complete those projects. I am also exploring family photo archives going back to the 1920s and thinking about possibilities there. I don’t yet know where that might be going.
To see Anne Smith Duncan’s Illusions (Landscape) collection, visit the Atelier website.