Photography as a medium can be used to paint different pictures that range from simple memorabilia to artistic expression. Deanna Witman’s pinhole photographs strike somewhere in the middle with imagery that transcends poetry, time and space with fairy tale hints.
First look into Deanna Witman’s photographs and you may think that they are pictures straight out of a real-life adaptation of a fairy tale movie or a still from a painter’s dreamscape. Well, they are nothing short of a movie still or a surrealist scene as you can see with the wispy glow of the human body as a subject.
Witman’s photographs were all created using a large-format pinhole camera. What is strikingly beautiful with Witman’s images is the otherworldly feel you get when you look at the images. Surroundings are blurred, suggesting a sense of urgent motion and the human form as shown in spritely silhouettes lend a physical aspect to the series.
“Ways of Being” strongly illustrates the capacity of photography to be used as an artistic medium for expression. An easy favorite among the pictures included in the series is this lovely overhead shot that is perfectly composed and is a perfect fit in any flashback scene from an indie flick.
The photographs are obsessively sought and exist privately in the longing to communicate intrinsic thoughts and experiences. A measure of existence, a rhythm with the Earth’s breath, a communion with the crust of dead leaves and soil that give life and shape to her imagination and being. – Deanna Witman
All information and photos used in this article were sourced from Deanna Witman’s site.