When looking at a photographers work you build up an idea of their life through their photographs. Through the stories and narratives that take the attention of their camera, photographers edit the world around them to create narratives of their own. Dana Goldstein’s work is an ongoing visual progression of her life. She uses photography as her natural creative outlet, a cathartic process for expressing a broader range of emotions. Dana’s work is either about the moments of revelation she wants to remember or a particular message she chooses to portray.
Hit the jump to check out Dana’s Contribution to Despite The Illusion.
Dana’s work is a beautiful portrayal of youth culture, enticing you into her life through her lens and you can't help but feel envy for her lifestyle. Within Dana’s portfolio you’ll find engaging images that when abstracted from the wider body of work stand alone with pride. When editing her work Dana does so with context and a psychological progression, especially when she’s editing for a zine of exhibition. For Dana the edit process is about continuity of colour and composition, as if piecing together a puzzle.
Dana’s work has gained a varied amount of high profile interest with the likes of Dazed and Confused, Vice and i-D but her work still remains personal. As a photographer photographing culture and lifestyle with the added status of your work you run the risk of the people you choose to photographing cowing from your camera. Dana explains that she spends most of her time as a participator without the camera in front her face.
"I had to learn how to put it (the camera) down because it began to disable me and I needed to find a healthy balance between my life and my art"
Dana engages with her subjects who are typically strangers, asking for their permission before photographing them. This allows her subjects to compose themselves slightly and portray themselves in the manner in which they choose.
"I'm not looking to compromise anyone either. At this point in my life I wouldn't portray anyone how I wouldn't portray myself because at the end of the day the photograph is still representational of me."
Dana has a very interesting body of work of which you can find here.