eternal angst photography

The process of attempting to describe myself in words is just as perplexing to me as the idea of trying to verbally describe my work.

I took my first photograph at the age of 4, with my mother's Polaroid Land Camera.  It was a picture of my father sitting down on the couch of our living room.  I remember my mother's amusement at the fact that I had not chopped off his head.  It was around this time, that I became snap happy.  I would take pictures of just about anything I saw, my mother was always scolding me for wasting all of her Polaroid film.  I was in awe with that camera though, and never listened to her threats -- I didn't care.  My favourite past time was to sit and wait for the images to magically appear before my very eyes.  I was mesmerized by the ability to capture a moment in time and preserve it forever.

At the age of 7, I was given my own camera for Christmas, a KODAK 110.  I have to admit, I didn't like it as much as the Polaroid, I missed the "magic".  But nevertheless, I continued to snap pictures of stuff here and there and learned to wait three to four days to actually see my photographs (The novelty known as one hour photo wasn't around back then).

At 14, I was given my first SLR camera as a birthday present from my parents.  It was at this time that I signed up for a beginning photography class in high school and was introduced to the darkroom (The concept of developing my own film and printing my own photos was foreign to me).  It was in that darkroom that I was able to re-live the magic of watching images magically appear before my very eyes, the same magic I was captivated with as a child, and it was in that darkroom that I fell completely head over heals in love with the art of photography.

Today, I am still just as awe-struck.  Many things have let me down in life, but my camera has always been there to provide me with solace as well as an outlet for self-expression.  It has been my only constant.

Lia Angst is a Florida based artist.  Her work is available for showing locally as well as nationally (will also ship internationally).  Limited prints of all images on this site are for sale.

Fine Art Photographer Lia Angst

I don't feel I am capable of speaking for them. They should all have a chance at their own freedom of expression -- I can not call myself a creator, that would be too egotistical. I moreso see myself as a channel for these works -- therefore, not feeling I have the right to speak for them, as they are each their own entity.\f"

"I am more inspired by the images purged from me, than just by the idea of creation. This may seem trite, and may even appear as a cop out to many. At this moment in my life, it seems it is the only way I can be just to the imagery that chooses me as a vehicle for its materialization, from idea to entity

The Fine Art of Photography by Lia Angst

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