Lydia Panas ; Falling From Grace…

Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

Inspired by 17th and 18th century Dutch paintings, with simple backgrounds and solemn expressions, the images in ‘Falling from Grace…’ present a feast; fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, cake.

Straddling an old world style with a contemporary sensibility, these portraits explore notions of intimacy and trust.

Maintaining a balance between intensity and restraint which can be unsettling to the viewer, these works portray a desire and longing to connect with an impassive subject.

Panas’ photographs navigate the ambiguous terrain between photographer and subject. Her portraits embody a variety of emotional states including isolation, fear, and defiance. They describe the unconscious struggle for love, longing, fear of abandonment and a determination to maintain intimacy in the face of indifference. [Official Website][Book]

Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

“Through the camera, I explore my own perceptions of love and expectations. Making a portrait is an exchange of enormous longing; about wanting to be close. Looking at one another, we drop our facades, and for a few moments, we understand each other perfectly.”

Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

The distance in the faces of her models imply an inability to feel close, to maintain intimacy in the face of great yearning. Posing without affectation, the models stare with intensity. They blur the boundaries between viewer and viewed, in an unnerving encounter. Like looking in a mirror, the faces challenge; what you see is not always what you get. It is unclear who is in control, the model or the viewer. As in a Venn diagram, what you see in the portraits is the emotionally naked space where we overlap. Continuing an exploration begun in 2005 with her series ‘The Mark of Abel’, Panas’ work describes the need for human connections and the fragile and tenuous nature of relationships.

Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

0004_lettuce 0004_Maradol Papaya 0004_radishes 0005_ eggs 0006_purple cabbage 0007_beets 0007_pig 0008_chicken 0008_insect 0009_crabapples 0010_grapes 0011_brisket 0012_chili peppers 0013_fingerling potatoes 0014_wild ramps 0015_figs 0016_apricots 0017_kidneys 0018_smoked salmon 0019_cornish game hen 0020_liverwurst 0021_pink cake 0022_eggplant 0023_onion peels 0024_croaker 0026_icing 0027_blueberries

Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

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Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…

Photographs by Lydia Panas | Essay by Joseph D. Lichtenberg, MD | 62 Pages, 33 Color Photographs | 12” x 11” Soft Cover | Printed by Conveyor Arts | Limited Edition / 75 / $40 | Book + Print Edition / 25 / $140

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Lydia Panas / Falling From Grace…
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