Kristen Pless photographs landscapes, combining historic and contemporary processes to create her own sense of ethereal space. Pless' work has been exhibited nationally.
"I have made use of these qualities not to create doubt in reality, but as a means of capturing what is truly real."
Copyright Kristen Pless 2013
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The work seen here is aimed not at capturing an exact representation of my surroundings but at observing an atmosphere or emotional presence within a space. In the1920’s and early 1930’s avant-garde photographers made use of photomontage, tilted camera angles and in-camera manipulation to make their viewers question the reality of their images. I have made use of these qualities not to create doubt in reality, but as a means of capturing what is truly real. I never visit a place before I photograph there. When I shoot there is no pre-visualization used, as to focus on what is around me, and allow each environment to reflect itself on the film and to allow myself to be immersed in and affected by my surroundings. I like to think of my photographs as observations or perceptions; in essence creating a reality that exists somewhere between experience and memory.