Andi Schreiber‘s photographs form ‘WonderLust’ are a paean to family life and a wonderful example of how limitations bring art to bear, give creativity the means to express itself. A crack through which to pour.
Originally a photo journalist in the city Schreiber moved to the suburbs with her husband and young family. Her life was irrevocably changed and with it her means to express it. What came out of this change was a new perspective, a desire to find a way to make pictures that reflected her new life and sated her need to create. Like many artists who undergo a life changing experience she began taking narrative based photographs that were grounded in her previous existence as a photo journalist. However this reliance on old processes did not express her new circumstances and so she turned to the everyday. To the common place, to her kids playing, to parties, her husband shaving. All ordinary routine activities.
And yet. And yet. For the ordinariness she has managed to create something new, has imbued her photographs with beautiful colour, the compositions skewed, abstract even. The narrative is absent and instead we are left with a dynamic impression, an intuitive photograph that manages to capture the love and intensity of family life in all its glory.
As a father myself I can completely relate to Schreiber. I too have problems adjusting my creative work around the needs of a child. With school and routines. Noise and interruption. Gone are my days of independent living. I now have to be responsible and in that context my work has to change, has to be rooted in my present circumstances rather than my past. It’s a difficult transition. But it has to be done. And Schreiber has managed it, has turned her limitations into a form that celebrates joy, play and the wonder of life. Here’s what she has to say about her photographs:
Family life, while blossoming with promise can feel like slow suffocation. WonderLust is a visceral response to my immediate surroundings – a world where I’m at home yet hovering on the periphery, an insider and outsider at once. Through these images I find my place within my family’s framework and that of a larger existence. My
photographs are small rewards; sublime bits risen from the everyday.
I live here.
A sense of wonder and thrill of attraction is at the core of this series. I’m struck by the accidental image: a flash of color, a passing gesture. Details make me tingle. I need to experience deeply what is here, right now.
WonderLust embraces sensation in a world brimming with stand-ins for what is authentic. I find it all quite stirring. It’s as if I have no choice but to turn my irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure, to be alive.