No Less than Others I, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others XI, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others III, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others VII, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others V, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others VIII, 2022, Unique

No Less Than Others, 2022, Unique

The series NO LESS THAN OTHERS (2022) explores the intersection and interconnection between nature and humanity.

Inspired by the history of photography and the earliest photographic techniques, the images evoke the beginning of photography and life on earth.  My work is created by hand, without a camera in the darkroom, using only natural materials, light, time and photosensitive paper. My work explores the role of materiality in photography and how a photograph can retain its status as a physical object.

NO LESS THAN OTHERS reflects the urgency of natural connection and questions whether we meant to live a purely urban life. It considers the importance of reconnecting with nature in a world where such external interactions have been constrained. It considers the essential yet fragile nature of the organic world.

At its roots, my work explores a sense of belonging. Who does nature belong to and what is humanity’s responsibility to the natural world? 

NO LESS THAN OTHERS is a tangible translation of the natural world and of light. It explores the organic nature of photography and of the world. My materials are fresh, alive and share patterns which are repeated in nature, in landscape, in the skins of vegetables and human beings. The work examines mass consumption, ecology and sustainability through the universality of natural life-forms. 
© Svetlana Talanova. 2021