Medium format film photography
Anya shoots with legendary Rolleiflex camera, choice of classics of photography like Richard Avedon, .. . Medium format photography is challenging on its own, due to complete absence of automation. Manual focus is the most challenging aspect of it when it comes to shooting kids, babies and group portraits. Uncontrolled lighting is one more challenge when shooting film, however this is what is needed to create those classic black and white portraits that reflect not only visuals, but seem to capture the atmosphere and the feel of the moment.
Anya prepares to every shoot, as every family needs, houses and meaningful locations are unique. It requires utmost attention to details as she works with film only.
The art of Hand processing
Classic silver gelatine films shall only be processed by hands. However, there are many variables of how it can be done. Starting from the chemicals chosen, time of processing and even the specific movement of hands when jars are shaken - all those details affect the end result. Best developers in the world preserve the artistry of the film processing and improve their knowledge with years of experience. Portrayed by anya chose those who dedicated their lives to film processing.
When the files are ready artistic editing takes place by Anya. Merging traditional with advancement of technology, Anya treats every shot as a piece of artwork. Her academical training in arts, including still life figure drawing and portraiture, helps her see and understand how to eliminate unnecessary distractions and bring all the attention to the portrait.
When it comes to printing every photo, from photo-proofs to framed portraits and albums, the best is chosen. Never inject printing. Even when it comes to albums we go with photographic prints which are flash mounted to the pages. Classic silver gelatine dark room prints are available upon request.
Hand crafted albums
Attention to details needed on every step of the process and hand binding is no exception. The head of the studio we exclusively work with, has been working closely with artists from around the world from 1994. Her background in conservation and fine binding differentiates her from other producers on the market. Every album is bespoke to an artist and exclusively crafted by hands. Anya choses delicate shantung silk for her range of the albums.
The appreciating for art and artistry is in the core of Portrayed by Anya. I believe the energy and love every person, including me, puts into creating the album or framed prints, can be felt. Deep appreciation of arts is translated by every shot.