Lydia Panas Statement

Artist Statement
For three years , I invited families in various groupings to stand before my lens. I was curious to see what would happen. Nothing was deliberate or planned. These diverse groupings of children and adults, relatives and close friends, stood graciously before my lens, taking positions in relationship to each other and to me.

I asked people I knew to bring along people with whom they shared a history. They arranged themselves naturally, with minimal direction. I was looking at the details in the postures, gestures and glances.

They are complex emotions that guide us. Sometimes what we try to conceal is the most revealing. I am interested in what we know, but do not see. My intention with this series is to show us ourselves.

Process Statement
4" x 5" Horseman, Woodman Field camera with Kodak Portra film.

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