Photography is the easiest medium of Art to be competent in but it’s the hardest medium in which to have a truly personal vision. It’s very much like talking: everyone can talk but very few have something to say. In creating my work, I aim to demonstrate a clear style, to tell a story while being imaginative and thought-provoking. My goal is to present work that is strong and distinguished with a clear narrative sense. I wish to inspire people with timeless images that have enduring qualities, to be creative and artistic and to show a personal vision.
In presenting this series, I offer you an opportunity to contemplate and appreciate the juxtaposition between human and nature: soft flesh and harsh environment; life and stillness; white and black. The use of monochrome emphasises the nude shape and form, removing distracting elements to ensure that you focus on the beautiful feminine body language. These photographs portray powerful and independent women who are depicted through fresh, inspiring and original artwork.
“My self confidence didn’t come easy and no, I didn’t always have it!
I always wanted to be a model. From when I was around 14 years old I looked up to the likes of Elle MacPherson, Cindy Crawford and Rachel Hunter. Well if that doesn’t show my age, haha!
Back then I was told I was too short – I didn’t have the right look, etc…
If I knew then what I know now I would have said to myself: ‘your time is coming: it will be a long wait but it will be worth it!’
Fast forward twenty four years and here I am: I have had paid modelling career! Who would have thought?
I am so grateful everyday that i didn’t listen to those people and kept believing in the voice within me that said: ‘now, it’s your turn!’“
From here to Africa is a collection of captivating portraits of the Maasai people from Tanzania.
“I found myself deeply inspired upon meeting the Maasai tribe and realised the opportunity to document their unique culture which is being eroded by Western influence and modern technology,” said Wittenberg.
“On a personal level, this reminds me of the true value of photography: preserving memories in order to relive special stories and pass them on to others. Through this series of carefully composed photographs, the Maasai people can share their rich culture with the world.”
The collection is presented in a film-noir monochrome, capturing these portraits in a classically timeless style; lending a unifying appearance that emulates analogue lithographic technique, she said.
“I wanted viewers to focus on the humanity aspect of each portrait: expressions and body language, shapes and forms. I eliminated distracting colours to ensure that viewers focus on the people within the photos and make emotional connections with these individuals,” said Wittenberg.
“I aim to depict the Maasai culture in an authentic and honest way, using a clear narrative style which shows people the significance of their culture, as well as their individual personalities.
“My goal is to provoke your imagination regarding the traditions of the Maasai people and the stories behind their portraits.”
In sharing this portfolio, Wittenberg encourages viewers to show tolerance, to accept all people and to recognise the value of cultural diversity.
“We would all experience an enhanced sense of community if we took the time to appreciate interactions which allow us to discover the world beyond our familiar boundaries,” she said.
From here to Africa was also selected as a featured exhibition at the 2020 Head On photo festival in Sydney.
The show will run from February 28 to April 24 at Uxbridge Arts and Culture, Howick.
Opening Event: Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm with keynote speaker Sir Bob Harvey.
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 7 at 11am.
Malcolm Smith Gallery
Uxbridge Arts and Culture,
35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick
FRI – MON 10 am – 4pm
TUE – THU 10am – 9pm
Admission is Free