Anna Anderton

I am a fine art photographer
creating painterly and cinematic images with dark, lyrical narrative.

My aim is to create a compelling image which will inspire you and will enrich your home environment. This is both in a decorative sense as, on a deeper level, by creating an inner connection, a dialogue.

While many of the self help books and gurus appear to keep advising us to "live in the present" , I invite you here to live in the past.

While this means to me rather introspection than a period drama, at the same time I am drawn to Victorian and gothic aesthetics with their their dark, dripping, luxuriously baroque melancholy.

In the same way, in my art, sadness seems to be almost celebrated, as if through a series of rites, nearly religious in their devotion.

It is rarely a raw, direct despair, rather its aftermatch, a delicate residue left with passage of time.

From the technical side, my workflow feels more akin to that of painting than photographing.

I first work on a mental sketch of the picture, this can be long process, I carry the vision sometimes for months before it comes to life.

Later, I carefully stage the image, I "direct" and "act" the part (I model and co-model for most of my artwork as this gives me the feeling of fully owning the picture) , I lit and compose it, but with all these steps, I feel, the photograph straight out of the camera is mearly a product of a machine.

It is only through a careful, patient post-processing that it acquires its artistic value.

It is in front of my Mac that the most creatively fulfilling part begins...

I work on every detail with digital brushstrokes and pencils, enchancing patches of light and shade, penciling lines and re-touching textures to make the earth more earthy, leaves more leavy, porcelain more fragile... Human face is touched deep to its skin texture, its delicate capilaries around irises, glimmers around pupils, nuances of light and expression.

The last stage, printing, is equally important, it has to preserve all the details, gradiations, colour palette it has to "sing"! For this reason I use only giclee prints on high quality archival paper (please refer to my Print section for more information)

Portrait sessions and comissions

If you would like to step into a mysterious dramatic narrative and became a character from the story we will create together, please contact me for portrait commisions sending me an email with details. I am based in Bristol, UK.

If perhaps, while still looking for aesthetics of fine art photography you envisage your session as a collection of portraits with a softer, more natural feel to it, or are thinking about a beauty/glam portrait, boduoir session, couple or family portrait, please see my Classical gallery for your inspiration and email me with details of your requirements.

If you looking for an album cover artwork, promotional photo session or any other artistic project I am open to colaboration and commisions.
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