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An original article by Lara Alcantara.

 

As a photographer I used to do work outside my house, I have found myself like the rest of the world stranded and isolated. I am at home with my daughters and my husband. The aid that we are used to receiving twice a week is gone, the schools are closed. There are no summer camps.

Photograph taken during quarantine.

As an artist, I have opened new spaces to make my new normal work. My daily life is now compiled from cooking, cleaning, guiding my youngest daughter in her school tasks, cleaning my husband with disinfectant when he returns from long days in the hospital, emotionally supporting him and planning my images.

I started photographing every day because, as a creative, if I’m not working, I slowly shut down. I worked to deal with frustration and fear. Using it to my advantage as therapy.

I wanted to clear fear as much as I could from my audience by making funny and sarcastic images that would create a place of comfort and understanding for people who follow me on social media. I wanted to get you off the news and into my wonderful world. Use art as a healing medium for people who feel like me who are on social networks.Household chores have to be done. When I started to feel lost, anxious about uncertainty and fear, I decided to bring my camera with me. Traveling from the kitchen to the game room, the bathrooms and the storage room. It seems to me that I have discovered that any space is built with millions of possibilities to create.

Photograph taken during quarantine.

I have been working on self portrature for quite some time. Now more than ever I am alone, without assistants or great lights and without production or art director to handle all my movements. This work is mine and mine alone. Bring out my humor and fantastic ideas. Through my camera and love of fables and stories. From Peter Pan to the Wizard of OZ, or me fighting with the vacuum cleaner or day job at home ..

Photograph taken during quarantine.

Photograph taken during quarantine.

Photograph taken during quarantine.

In COVID 19, I have created a portfolio of more than 45 images that resonate with the moments we live. As the human race returns to the new normal, we will begin to see life and our purpose in a different light. As life returns to normal, I will never be who I was as an artist or person. I have enjoyed creating images that make my audience think and detach from reality.

It has also been therapeutic for me. A way of living outside this world of confinement, fear and uncertainty.

It has also been therapeutic for me. A way of living outside this world of confinement, fear and uncertainty.

lara alcantara’s bio

Lara Alcantara Lansberg began photographing when she was thirteen in Caracas, Venezuela, where she is originally from. She took all the lamps from the house and placed them in her brother’s room, who was in college  in the United States, and hung a white blanket calling this her studio. 

Now 40, she resides in Manhattan. She is the mother of Maia and Marcella and the wife of Luis, a doctor who was working on the frontline of the pandemic. 

She went to school in the United States. Her undergraduate degree was at BARD College, a distinguished liberal arts school in New York State, where she studied with leading photographers such as Stephen Shore and Larry Fink and was a minor in theater as well. She went to the Tisch School of the Arts NYU in New York City, where Larry Fink studied and graduated with a mayor in Photography and a minor in performing arts.  She completed her Master of Fine Arts in the well-known MFA program of the International Center of Photography with BARD College. With Cindy Sherman, Nayland blake and Stephen Shore once more.

Lara has worked for companies such as GOURMET Magazine, a Condenast publication in the photography department with the lead photographer, with Andres Serrano and Richard Avedon before his death. She is a world renowned artist with shows starting in Chelsea, New York, in 2001, rising on the banks of the Paris River, France, in the Vois Off Photo image contest and in Caracas, Venezuela, Spain and Miami. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in important places such as the Museum of the International Center of Photography, where she won a national contest sponsored by Dom Perignon, the Michelena Salon in Venezuela and the annual Exxon exhibition at Mobil for new artists at the National Art Gallery in Caracas. Lara now photographs many celebrities for the Todo en Domingo magazine of the El Nacional newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, photographs campaigns for children’s clothing and also leads her fine arts career. Juggle being a parent and being a creative.

She has dedicated himself to creating very authentic images in the fashion world, with a focus on conceptual fine art. She wants the audience to think and thus become a better client. Lara’s vision changes as she is shut down by the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. As she is locked up without staff teams and lighting teams, studios and art directors, Lara decides to create images that resonate with her audience on social media. to also get out of their own uncertainty, fears and anxieties caused by the pandemic. She begins to infiltrate the world of housewife and thus putting a little comedy on her image, sarcasm and a concept. It is the way she was able to get out of reality and into her own parallel reality. 

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