“I do not see with my eyes: the words are my eyes” Octavio Paz
Influenced by minimalism, American modernism, poetry and film noir, my images are sometimes minimal compositions, other times contrasty, low-key black and white nature scenes using shapes, textures and space as key elements, or color landscapes with balanced perspectives and natural tones. I find my subjects in both wide and small landscapes.
Photography can relate to poetry, in particular, haiku, because it can operate with the same distillation of vocabulary. As poet Octavio Paz famously said: “I do not see with my eyes: the words are my eyes”. (Paz, 1990)
Photographing in the winter or in the desert can sometimes reveal abstract or minimalist compositions that may resonate with traditional Japanese ink paintings. Composition is not only about the careful placement of the subject in the frame, but also an experiment with the space between things. This is based on the concept of “Ma”, a Japanese word that means “space” between two parts.
In my images, I express simplicity, elegance, a touch of mystery, and a quiet moment of contemplation in nature.
…”Susanna Patras’ works invite the viewer to a prolonged visual dialogue during which the details of the scenes and balanced compositions gradually unfold conveying emotions and a sense of calm specific to modern contemplative fine art photography”. (Horea Costin Chiriac, Art Critic, Romania)
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