Isa Leshko from the series Thrills & Chills
Isa may in fact be an emerging artist, but her progress in 2010 with multiple shows around the country point to this being a time of career acceleration for her (collectors note!)
We first saw some recent work of hers involving “elderly animals” at FotoFest in Houston. On her website we noticed a series named Thrills & Chills which was an interesting take on amusement park rides.We recently touched base:
– What are the emotions that amusement park images tap into?
Amusement park rides terrify me, which is why I began photographing them. I am fascinated by what compels people to surrender themselves to these mechanical beasts. The rides seem to challenge the
very limitations of being human. We can’t fly; yet these vertigo-inducing machines allow us to soar through the open air. The experience combines elation with fear;
thrills with chills.
–Why use Holgas ?
There are the usual reasons that most toy camera photographers talk about: the lack of technical controls gives me the freedom to focus on the composition and emotional content of my image. But I think that
this camera helps me exorcise some personal demons. I am a perfectionist, which is not always a healthy trait to have. Creating
images with an inherently flawed camera helps me find beauty in imperfection. There is a definite tension between immediacy and precision that runs throughout.
Isa has an interesting career evolving. She has studied at the New England School of Photography and the Woodstock Center for Photography. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the United States, including at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; the Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA; the Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; Soho Photo Gallery, NY, NY; the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA; and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT.
She is a deft photographer with keen artistic sense while keeping her viewer’s interests at heart. We have enjoyed our introduction to her work.
For more information, image samples and exhibits: Isa Leshko Photography