i recently discovered this photographer, birthe piontek. she was born in 1976, the same year as me. her work plays with the themes of the familiar and the strange, the vulnerability of youth and innocence. she was named one of the pdn (photo district news) top 30 in 2008. this is a prestigious nomination for a young rising photographer. she lives and works in vancouver, bc.
i am attracted to the strange tension that i feel when looking at her work. she mixes portraits with still life images on her website, and though they are different subject matter, the emotional impact that the viewer gets is the same. also, i continue to look for photographers who shoot environmental portraits to reference in my own work. the environmental portrait is a tricky photograph to take because there are so many factors to take into consideration, many elements of design that must be considered. also, the lighting must look as authentic as possible in order for the image to maintain a context of the "real".