For three years, the photographer had invited families to stand before her lens, backed by verdant landscapes and beautiful light. Centred on the belief that one’s earliest relationship factors considerably in determining the person one turns out to be, these images capture the subtle dynamics of family. They explore the themes of self esteem and self awareness, and urge viewers to probe deeper than the surface for what lies underneath; that complex part of one’s personality often buried and unnoticed.
About the Artist
Lydia Panas graduated from Boston College, School of Visual Arts and New York University, International Center of Photography, with a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship. She has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of many awards including First Place for the 2009 Publisher’s Choice Award at CENTER, Santa Fe, and finalist for the Photolucida Book Award in 2008. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Photo District News and was recently featured in the Humble Arts Foundation’s The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, among others. Panas’ work is in numerous private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Shanghai, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She has taught at numerous prestigious institutions and is represented by Foley Gallery in New York City and Wall Space Gallery in Seattle.