A photographers exploration of found photos is not unheard of, but always in interesting subject. Tacita Dean always springs to mind when thinking of found photos. Tacita collected and displayed found photos from flea markets, a project called ‘Floh’
"The Landscape Sublime project explores the connection between the natural environment and its representation through photography"
Anastasia’s work, The Landscape Sublime, is a collection of found photos repurposed and appropriated through her own lens. The appropriation of objects has long been done in art, Marcel Duchamp questions the very nature of art by a simple way or appropriating mundane objects, elevating them into the realms of art. Anastasia has given these images a new breath of life by creating these geometric still-life landscapre. These are images are sourced from the internet, printed and then constructed into ‘temporary assemblages’ which are then rephotographed.
“In my assemblages, I aim to give screen-based environments a sense of materiality; the pieces are situated between landscape and still life, representation and abstraction, physicality and the illusion of a computer generated space”
Anastasia’s work blurs the lines between what is photography and what is a still life, at first glance the perception is that these images were digitally manipulated, a thought presupposed due to the saturation of digitally manipulated images we see on a daily basis.
“…a visual documentation of a still life, each transformation further subverting the original image maker’s intention”
You can check out the rest of Anastasia Samoylova's work here