Curated is Sweden With Love’s monthly online art exhibit. It features artists — often film photographers — whose work connects us with our humanity and opens our eyes to the beauty of the world. Take a moment today to slow down, scroll through and feel your cares melt away.
The first moment I came across San Francisco-based photographer Lisa Lefkowitz’s work, I fell in love with her clean, fresh images. At the time, I was heading up the weddings section at People magazine’s Los Angeles bureau and spent my days perusing endless piles of wedding photographs. When your eyes finally land on something aesthetically perfect, you experience the same feeling you get when you take that first bite of an ice-cream cone on a hotter-than-hotter summer day: Relief. Bliss. A joyful calm. Looking at Lisa’s photographs, I felt as if my eyes had found their way home.
That Lisa is a film photographer was no surprise. There’s a timeless quality to film that’s unique, rendering a distinct substance and depth the images. Add Lisa’s beautiful composition and understanding of light, and you can see why her work stands apart. But I was still surprised when she sent me a stunning set of black-and-white photographs taken with a Holga, a medium-format plastic “toy” camera. A departure from her regular work, the fourteen travel images have an illusive, enigmatic quality. They’re quiet, yet powerful. “When I travel, I pack light,” says Lisa. “I love the simplicity of shooting with my Holga camera on my trips. The dreamy quality of the images really resonates with me as a visual device; they feel cinematic, like frames from an old Super 8 film, imperfect and hazy as memories are.”
Welcome to October’s Curated with Lisa Lefkowitz. • Ulrica Wihlborg
Lisa Lefkowitz is a nationally recognized fine art wedding and portrait photographer whose work has regularly appeared in Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride and Brides. You can learn more about Lisa on her website and her blog. For inspiration, please follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
All photographs by Lisa Lefkowitz ©2013.