I learn the most when I walk with a camera; about myself and the company I share. I engage. I stop mentally. I listen. True discipline for me, is learning to decide when to experience and when to capture. The success of a walk must never be measured by the rolls expired. I can reflect, relax and enjoy silence in the comfort that I have all the company I need hanging loosely from my right shoulder. The majority of banter or silence I share with others can feel dominated by the activity that accompanies it. Being harnessed to a location limits what might occur. A walk doesn’t intrude on company. It holds it, encourages it, comforts and entertains it. Because it is what it is; always an experience.
These images are truth; they were taken with nothing but a desire to take them. There was no pressure, agenda or reason behind them. They each have a tale, a place and a moment, all innocently experienced. This project has no beginning or end. It is the diary of the moments I allow myself to escape, alone or with company. So where shall we walk today? Anywhere…
Laura Pannack is a London based Photographer. She was educated at the University of Brighton Central Saint Martins College of Art and LCC. Her work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the UK and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery, The Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
In 2010 Laura received first prize in the Portrait Singles category of the World Press Photo awards. She has also won and been shortlisted for several other awards including The Sony World Photography Awards, The Magenta foundation and Lucies IPA. She was recently awarded the Vic Odden by The Royal Photographic Society award fora notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under. Her art focuses on social documentary and portraiture, and seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
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