About the project
«No Place My Place» is a concept that plays with the perception of the identity of a place. It is a series of photographs from 2014 shot in Svalbard. The series includes elements of drawing in order to see how these affect the concept of a place in an image. Will a place change its character and become my place, or would such elements only disturb the image. I love this contrast between the beautiful nature and this rough scenery, and I had a strong sense of looking into no man’s land. The landscape is unfriendly, and not a typically Svalbard landscape, except for the blue light, it could be any industrial place.
The Artistic Process
Usually I work over time with my projects, experimenting a lot with my different artistic methods in photography, video, performance and drawing. I am not trying to achieve perfection in my photographs, rather a tactile expression or a feeling.
I work conceptually, and I need to put my work into a system. That`s why I always work in series, and rarely with only one single image. My intuition always guides me during the creative process. If I plan my projects too much, my work loose their intensity and natural expression. If I try to force something it never turns our good – it has to come naturally. Therefore my projects need some time to ripen and to grow to see if they still works. And if they do, I know it`s a strong project
I have photographed digitally with high ISO in order to achieve a noisy and rough expression in the images. The drawings are rough, made with oil pastels and they where not actually made to this project, but I liked the concept of the mismatch of the shapes and the photographs.
I wanted to examine how these elements affect the chosen motive. I processed the images in Photoshop, and worked with the different elements until I got the expression, or the feeling I wanted. I have also further reduced the resolution of the images, and again enlarged them in order to achieve an image of a place that almost disintegrates before your eyes when viewing the image.
Sara has also made a short film about her creative process through this project, ‘Sara Tandero for piQmo’. A very well spent 5 minutes if you ask us! Enjoy!