Poetic Imagery Fine Art Photography by Anne Silver
(I Guess) This must be the Place
Home… that soft, mythical place where we come to escape the harsh edges of the world. That place where we lay our head, where we tend to our wounds with softly spoken words, “Hush now, it’s going to be alright.” That place where we can safely land after our days, perhaps even years, of flight.
Home has been a dream I have been chasing all of my adult life. Not just a house, but a house that feels like home. Apart from my earliest childhood home, a red brick former stage coach house built around 1800, and the last two places where I have lived, every house I have been in has been stained by some type of traumatic incident occurring while I lived there. I am still searching for a house that is a home, and in the meantime, I carry this mythic place inside of me. These photos are a way of helping me to connect with my personal mythology with the concept of home.
Les Petites Mythologies
A series of soulful, highly personal photos that is an homage to American photographer Joyce Tenneson. All photos in this series are shot on Polaroid film, using either a Polaroid Press camera or a Graflex 4x5 Speed Graphic large format camera.
These are little visual stories that speak to the deepest parts of being, telling tales of my dreams, my daydreams, my memories. There is a nostalgia for the way things should have been, not necessarily for the way they were. The body of work is about self-acceptance and coming into my own as a woman in the middle years of her life, about being comfortable with my femininity, my sexuality, and my body. It speaks about the contrasts that exists within us all, exploring the light and the shadow, the softness and the hardness, the sacred and the profane.
Where Love Resides
Where Love Resides
In the spaces between memory and dream…
These visual poems relate the little things, the magical things, the mysteries that call to me again and again. They are expressions of love, in all its varied forms.
*Note: All photos in this portfolio are made on Ilford Delta 400 film with a medium format camera. All film is developed by me and then scanned.
It's the Wind We Remember
This portfolio is created on medium format film with a Bronica Sq-A camera from the 1980's. All film is developed by me.
The series is broadly inspired by the lyrics from the American musical group, Iron and Wine. Their song “Upward Over the Mountain” is what started me on this photographic quest… Well, you could say that it was that song coupled with the loss of my son, Ryan, in 2008. Sam Beam sings, “So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten. Sons are like birds, flying upward over the mountain…”
The series is an exploration of nostalgia, grief, beauty, loss, healing, light, wisdom, and tiny moments of stillness.
Some whispers around the trees
On your wings we are carried to the sea
Tales from the Reconstruction
A series of photo-based mixed media pieces made from deconstructed book covers, original photographs, found papers and objects, feathers, sticks, string, and thread.
This series is about healing and wholeness, about putting myself back together physically and emotionally after a particularly difficult surgical procedure.