Bronze / 2016 / Nature / Flowers

Untitled #152

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Flowers
  • Photographer
    Anna Agoston

This photograph is part of an ongoing master series of black-and-white macro photographs of plant elements, named "Untitled". All photographs in the series, are taken in nature. The subject are small, inconsequential and often not noticed or seen, but unique and precious.The series is abstract in that there is a departure from reality. The black-and-white, the macro lens, the emphasis on symmetry and on composition: these have the power to distill certain aspects of the subjects.Although the medium is photography, I think of my work as sculpture. There is an emphasis on the architecture, form and texture of the subjects.The photographic process consists in chiseling away at reality. I remove color, context… I frame, determine a plane of focus and define details. I work until I give my feelings form. In doing so I aim to expose what I feel is the essence of my subject.

Anna Agoston is an award-winning artist whose medium is photography. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Anna was born and raised in Paris, France. Always passionate about art, she qualified as an architect DPLG (government-certification) at the Ecole d'Architecture Paris Malaquais, and went on to earn the M.Arch.II degree in architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. There, she studied fine art photography under Professor Jim Dow of the Department of Visual and Environmental studies, and photographed her first series, “Dorm.”

In October 2013, Anna made her lifelong passion, fine art photography her main professional occupation. Since January 2014, her work has been included in juried group exhibitions, in ten different states. One of her pictures is now a part of the Permanent Collection at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana. She has received international awards, and has been published online several times. Her self- published books "Untitled Vol.1" and “Untitled Vol.2” were recently added to the library at the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The first volume was also added to the Hirsch library at the Museum of
Fine Arts Houston. The second volume was added to the Fine Arts Library at the Harvard Arts Museum, and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK . On July 22 2015, Anna’s first article “An artist’s perspective on inspiration and making art” was published on the Huffington Post Arts & Culture Blog. Her second article “Art seen through the lens of its architect” was published on the Huffington Post Arts & Culture Blog on December 31st 2015.

Anna challenges aesthetics, by making art that is intended to invite contemplation. Her artwork consists of black-and-white macro photographs of plant elements found in nature.