Sandra L. Frankel
Alternative Facts: Photography by Any Means
Artist Statement, 2021
In my photography, I strive to show what is real and true in life, sometimes in a straightforward way, and other times through manipulated imagery and out-of-the-box observations that reveal truth. Photography has provided a welcome diversion from the intensity of the COVID-19 public health crisis. As a result of social distancing, I have limited opportunities to photograph places with people, so to the extent that I do go out, I turn my camera towards the natural and built environment to find truth and to ask viewers to think about what is real, fake, or ambiguous. It is a time of economic, educational, and personal challenges for so many, yet it is also a gift of quiet time to reflect and renew.
Using the interplay of light and shadow, space and shape, I capture images that evoke human emotion and inspiration: the content and context that build understanding to bring us together as people and as a nation. For me, the exciting part of the process is two-fold: when I immediately see something that I know is unique and visually compelling, and then when I review the image and discover that it includes unnoticed aspects that enhance my initial impression.
Growing up in Miami Beach, working as a Speech Language Pathologist, and later as a Supervisor of my town for 20 years, has given me a unique perspective as I aim to capture and share the beauty and poignancy of nature, people and places at home and around the world. I feel fortunate to have had this background as a precursor to my work as a photographer.
On display March 1 – April 12, 2021 at the PACE Center Art Gallery: