Introducing Fine Art Photographer Laura Pannack.
Artist Statement: I think we often have quite a pessimistic notion of young relationships and forget that sometimes the simplicity of young love can form very strong relationships. Our ‘first love’ is a relationship we never forget and can act as template for future behaviour and expectations in the future.
A relationship free of worry, responsibility, experience and future plans can ultimately lead to one of fun and intimacy Perhaps young people rely on relationships to ease the burden of the frightening time of handling adolescence and all it’s uncertainties; finding support in someone who will not judge but share the experience. who will despite any fears or insecurities we may have, accept and love us. But this is not to invalidate this partnership, as we all engage in romances for our own reasons.
Creatures of self gain it is through out ties with others that we establish a sense of self and a clearer understanding of acceptable emotional behaviour. This lack of experience and perhaps vulnerability means that our early relationships are not sheltered by the protective walls we embellish to defend ourselves from our previous damaging experiences. We embrace all the relationship has to give, we accept and believe the emotions of the other half and we do not question their actions as we have no reason to.
It seems that as we evolve and new generations form, the sanctity of marriage and traditional notions of romance hold less importance than it once did. Divorce is no longer a taboo and the increase in liberal views has encouraged society to be more forgiving of unconventional relationships. During a period of heightened emotional changes and the complications and new found territory of love and relationships brings into questions many issues that surround shaping who we grow up to become. The often perceived naivety can be viewed as a brave invincibility and produce a bond of unsheltered shared emotions, truly revealing oneself to another individual.
In 2010 Laura recently received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards, best in show at the Host foto 8 show and 3rd prize for the Terry O Neill awards.
Her work has also won and been shortlisted for a total of 19 other awards since June 2008 and has been published and exhibited world-wide. These awards include first place in the Hotshoe International Next Perspective Award, The Terry O’Neill Awards, The Taylor Wessing Prize 2009, The D&AD Awards and a winner of The Magenta Foundation Award 2009 and 2010. Her work has been extensively exhibited, including being shown in The National Portrait Gallery in London and the Royal Fetival Hall.
Laura was selected as a YPU member and is on Talentpool on the D&AD website having being commended for her work on Alzheimer’s in the D&AD awards. Some of her clients and publications include The Telegraph Weekend, The Sunday Times, The Guardian Weekend, The Mental Health Foundation, The COI, Save the Children, Dazed & Confused Magazine, Seesaw Magazine, Hotshoe and BJP.
Despite being very comfortable working digitally, for her personal projects Laura still shoots on 120 film, refusing to part with her beloved Bronica 645. Laura was recently profiled as the photographer in the Creative Review’s edition of – ‘One to watch for 2011‘ – Pannack gives great insight into her subjects’ lives using a great simplicity which belies great maturity in portrait technique’ [Lawrence Watts/Action Aid]
Many thanks for sharing your work with us, Laura. Visit her website here.