Is it a photo? Is it a drawing? It’s a photo-drawing!

Here is something new I made as an experiment, I call them photo-drawings. There was an open call for an exhibition in Romania titled “A Photo from Oz” and I really wanted to participate seen as I have spent quite a lot of time in Australia and should therefore have some decent photographs from the place.

Looking through my pictures I realized that I have a tendency to photograph isolated landscapes and abandoned places. I could claim that it is a subconscious influence of Anselm Adams or the Bechers, but really I think it is a comfort zone. As an amateur photographer I find that people often ruin the picture. Maybe it’s an esthetic issue: they are wearing clothes that indicate something very specific and without them the image would have a more timeless feel (it’s the same with cars). I’m probably also afraid to disturb people – I know I dislike it when some stranger is pointing their camera at me. Technically you’re not even allowed to photograph people without their consent, especially if the photo is used in any even remotely commercial way such as an exhibition.

Funnily enough I find that pictures are usually more interesting with people in them. Since I love drawing people I decided to do a little experiment and draw the characters into the photos, creating a little narrative, feeding the imagination a little. I still don’t know what to think of the result. On the one hand it’s fun creating a whole new scenario for the scene. On the other hand it is disconcerting how the “imaginary” people draw your gaze in like a magnet and take attention off the details of the photograph.

What do you think of these? Let me know in the comments!

Photo of a red brick building and a drawing of a biker passing by contemporary artist Anastasia Parmson

Photo of a girl playing the harp in Byron Bay drawing of two men waling by looking at her

Photo of a dilapidated green back yard and yellow camper van, drawing of a shy girl behind the fence

Old pale green terrace house in Newtown, Sydney with a drawing of older person walking a sausage dog by contemporary artist Anastasia Parmson

Photo of a gray-blue brick wall with CCTV camera and two chairs in a back street of Newtown, Sydney, a drawing of a man sitting in one of the chairs. By Estonian artist Anastasia Parmson

Anastasia Parmson photo drawing, contemporary art, experimental, imaginary old man walking in the street in Newtown Sydney

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