Wanderings on Identity, Displacement & Belonging
Various Camera & Film
I do not use only one type of film, as I also do not only use one camera.
Some of the films I use frequently are Kodak Portra 400 ISO, Ilford 3200 ISO, Fuji 400 ISO (dia), polaroid Fuji C-100 (100 ISO). I also have 220 backs for my Hasselblad, and 220 spool films are not produced any longer. I often get bags of old, outdated, forgotten films handed out to me by people who know I do analogue photography. I will use them all. Of course, if I want to be in control of the outcome, I will stick to the new films I bought myself that were professionally stored in the fridge, but if I am up for an experiment, I will happily use outdated films.
This project consists of three separate books:
- Displacement and
The books are a personal, intimate project. Since becoming a parent, questions such as where I come from, where I am now, where Ibelong, and where is home have intensified. They are constantly spinning in my head.
With the images I make, I try to put these mental fragments in their place and fill in the blanks with my memories.
I am not interested in the technically perfect executed series with the perfect, identical light. I am interested in the personal experiment, in the emotion that images provoke.
I am trying to combine work that perhaps at first glance seems dissimilar, into the story. Most of the images have been taken in different settings, under different circumstances and with different cameras, but that fits my work as it is about confusion and disorientation, about fragments and different styles only enhance that.
I mainly use analogue cameras as I work much better knowing there is a limited amount of shots I can do and I need to use them best I can. I love the feel and textures I get in analogue images that add to the emotions I want to tell stories about. In most of my images, there is a little bit of nostalgia and “yearning for the past”.
As a person who lived in various countries, surrounded with various languages different and foreign to my mother tongue, I wouldn’t say I struggle to express myself clearly through words, but I definitely find it much easier to express myself through the images. And this is what I am trying to do. Whether I am photographing people close to me, or strangers, I tend to get drown back to the same thematic of loneliness, loss of direction, isolation, nostalgia for past times.
Ana Matic is a photographer from Croatia who currently resides in Amsterdam. Visit her website for more images from this and other photography projects.
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