Artwork for Veronika Lavey
Lost and found
Homage to Nature
Whispers of the wind
In decay she grew
Before the last of the leaves fall
The womb beneath our feet
My work explores shared emotional experiences in people. As a self-portrait artist, I photograph myself and become either an autobiographical or a theatrical character inspired by the desire to create a connection, a sense of safety, and belonging in hardship.
I believe stories can transport the viewer to worlds unknown yet familiar to the subconscious. We all need these stories, because their power helps us find the narrative we're all connected to; the very ones we are naturally wired to listen to; the ones that make us feel united in our pain, our hopes, our journey of life.
Through visual story telling, I strive to achieve this with every portrait I make.
Whilst I like to leave much of the meaning of each piece open for interpretation I often offer a more immersive experience to the viewer by pairing the image with music, sound effects, poetry or a short story. I choose to do this to make it easier for the audience to recognise themselves in the images.
My composites frequently involve natural elements, which are intended to induce memories of roots shared, a sense of belonging and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.
I don't capture moments in the traditional sense of photography. I capture stories and ideas and I use my camera, as well as digital manipulation as tools to help realise my imagination.
Being an artist is a never-ending journey of exploration of ideas and human experiences. I create something where there was nothing before using language that is universal and that communicates with people of all backgrounds through surreal and symbolic imagery. It is a privilege to be able to do this and it is one I do not take for granted.
Conceptual Fine Art Self-Portrait Photographer
In addition to my main practice of fine art photography, I offer one-on-one mentor-ship sessions to individuals as well as group workshops on the art of creating tales through visual imagery.
Existing works are available for licensing for various purposes, such as album art and book covers.
I am completely self-taught, though with a university degree in Creative Writing and Literature.
Through my years of reading and analysing, I have acquired a deep love for stories, which I incorporate into the medium of photography where I'm able to create character and layer each piece with meaning, continuing on that creative but now visual storytelling path.
Thru The Lens Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, UK, November 2019
In the Frame Art Exhibition, Hereford College of Arts, March 2021