Opens 2nd Friday, Sept 9, 5-8pm
Continues through Thursday, Sept 29. All work will be available online for purchase as well at in-gallery.
GALLERY HOURS AFTER OPENING: THURS 5-8pm, SAT 1-5pm
Liggett Studio is a located at 314 S Kenosha, Tulsa, OK 74120
Featuring work by Anitra Lavanhar
In the early days of the pandemic I had been working on a photography project capturing the
beauty and strength in older women and exploring how those qualities manifested through
struggle and challenge. When the pandemic’s isolation meant I could no longer photograph
others, I turned the lens on myself. Some of the images focus on observations and feelings about
the aging body as well as the unfamiliarity and anxiety of that time. The multiple exposures allow
for expression of the complex and sometimes contradicting emotions of struggle, fear, sorrow,
wonder, hope and acceptance.
A powerful photograph is sometimes made with chance and luck, however more often it involves
control: of light, timing, subject, and a discerning eye choosing what to include in the frame. The
typical photograph captures what we see.
In this collection of work, “Dreamscapes” I utilize the techniques of slow-shutter, ICM (Intentional
Camera Movement) and multiple exposures to create a surreal and dream-like world which is an
intentional release of control and more emphasis on visual alchemy – the combining, layering,
loosening and blending of one image into another, creating a distinct, new image: one that may
not exist in the material world, but can exist in a state of mind.
In this complex, multi-layered world we live in both internally and externally, it is my hope that
some of these images echo in your mind, heart and experience.
Featuring work by Alex Haga
I am a self-taught photographer with a background in mental health and human behavior. These
photographs were made at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to reflect my feelings of unease and
uncertainty before the amount of devastation to life and society could be fully grasped. I combine
practicing photography with walking meditation. These photographs depict local scenes of isolation,
solitude, and a desolate atmosphere during quarantine. I am drawn to geometric shapes for order and
wildlife for beauty during the pandemic. My photography is inspired by John Swarkowski's concept of
photography as a "window"; looking outward into the world or "reflecting" the subjective inner world
of the photographer. The following photographs are my method of personal introspection during a global
- Alex Haga