No Less than Others I, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others III, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others II, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others IV, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others V, 2022, Unique

No Less than Others VIII, 2022, Unique

No Less Than Others, 2022, Unique

“No Less Than Others” (2022) series explores the intersection and interconnection between nature and humanity.

Inspired by the history of photography and the earliest photographic techniques, it refers to the beginning of photography and life on earth.  My images are created by hand, without use of a camera, in the colour darkroom, using only translucent 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.

My work 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? What is it to consciously live in and embody this 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