KATIE ANELLO // Photographer

Nature and landscape, the outdoors, and traveling to new places has always been an important part of my life since before I could talk or walk. I’ve taken countless car rides from my hometown in Long Island to the Catskills, Adirondacks, Lake George and Old Forge for weekend hikes and family camping vacations. During these trips, I realized nature helped me reset. Slowing down became incredibly important with each passing year for me, and as my passion for photography grew, I found myself exploring nature in my work more and more.I strive to preserve a sense of calm or quiet in my photographs because stillness is rare in day-to day-life. I also want to capture something beyond mere observation of the beauty of the in the natural world. Sometimes even the most fulfilling and positive experiences are paired with a peculiarity or oddness that is unsettling to me. This emotional significance is my voice. If something doesn’t feel right to me, I do not capture it. To give voice to something someone else might be feeling by using my own experiences is what drives my work. In my photographs, layers of sadness and melancholy coexist with an appealing landscape. It’s through these images that I am communicating to the world something larger than just my own experiences, but something broader that others can possibly identify in themselves.I am inspired by photographers Ansel Adams and Robert Frank. In the execution of the work itself, the decisive moment I am capturing, I feel most inspired by Nan Goldin and Gregory Crewdson. I also seek inspiration from the artists Andrew Wyeth, Anselm Kiefer, Georgia O’Keffee, and Alex Kanevsky.

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