Sculpting Light Shapes By Lucana
Cafi 4, 1996Gelatin silver print36.5 x 33 cm Nowadays, image manipulation is commonly used and widely spread; In the last couple of decades or so, Photoshop has became the best ally for photographers, graphic artists and image makers alike. Today’s post pays an homage to old style analog photography and …
Nowadays, image manipulation is commonly used and widely spread; In the last couple of decades or so, Photoshop has became the best ally for photographers, graphic artists and image makers alike. Today’s post pays an homage to old style analog photography and the artists behind this dying art!
That said, let us introduce you to the work of an artist who is still doing photography the old way: one shot, one opportunity, and back to the darkroom!
Lucana is the artistic name of Ana Lucia Perez, a Colombian photographer born in Medellin in 1960. She studied photography at Ecole d’Art Appliqué in Vevey, Switzerland and
in 1989 she returned to her native land to open her own photo studio. Equipped with her Hasselblad, a home darkroom, and a pile of sand enough to bury a person, Lucana started Formas, a photographic series that has became one of her most admired and unique artwork.
Working analog and armed with unending patience, the Colombian artist produced a captivating body of work which was published under the title Light Sculptures by Lucana. The book, published in 1989 presents four different series: Formas, body sculptures buried in sand; Sentir, dancing couples; Tolu, rural towns and houses in the Colombian coast; and Mi Gente, based on the life of homeless people in the streets of Medellin.
To date, her most famous and representative work is the series Formas, in which she presents body parts as sculptures using light as her most creative resource. In this particular series Lucana’s use of the human body transcends the conventional view of its shape. She has often been referred to as a sculptor with the camera.
Here our selections of Lucana’s most representative work. Enjoy these inspiring photos!
All images ©Lucana
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