Lana Blinderman is a photographer and photo-based artist with a passion for urbanism, architectural preservation and housing equity. Her art is about the love of built environments and the ways they shape not only our memories and life paths, but also how we relate to our cities. At a time of massive land redevelopment in Seattle, she strives to document the city as we know and experience it in this moment.
Now that we are officially introduced, allow me to switch to first person and tell you more about myself. I took up photography over fifteen years ago in order to satisfy my fascination with architecture, especially early- and mid-twentieth-century modernism. As I grew in my art and craft and pursued formal education, I also acquired deeper understanding of social, historical and aesthetic considerations of photography.
My early portfolio includes documentary essays about Seattle and Pacific Northwest architecture and industrial landscape, shot primarily on 35mm and 120 film. With time, I embraced mobile photography for its wonderful immediacy and the ability to shoot, edit and share photos in a manner of minutes, and made a mobile phone my camera of choice. As my modes of photography evolved, so did the techniques. I often use compositing and collage to tell stories that straight photographs cannot convey.
My art has been shown in traditional and alternative venues around the Greater Seattle, including public art, and I have given individual and collaborative artist talks about various aspects of my work and of the urban landscapes it portrays. I welcome new opportunities for exhibiting my photography and photo-based art, giving artist talks, and teaching courses on urban photography and editing techniques. Use the contact form below to inquire about my art and follow my latest work on Instagram @lana_blinderman.
From the Blog
July 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of my arrival to the United States with my two children and five suitcases. We arrived at the sunset of the old millennium and the dawn of the new, and our journey was every bit as emotionally charged as its times. It is only now,...