"Art has always been one of the most important things in my life. I have been drawing and painting since I can remember, and in 2014 I started experimenting with a camera and Photoshop as well, as I was looking for more effective ways to express myself. My photographs are often influenced by books."
Hungarian Photographer and Visual Artist, Anett Udud is currently living and working in Ireland. Self-taught in photography, in 2016 she began college studies to further develop her technical skills.
"Over the years, I believe I have developed a unique, personal style in my photographic work, which can be defined as conceptual fine art photography. Since the beginning, I had the chance to take part in exhibitions and my images have been published in various art magazines.
In my free time, I like reading, so my images are often influenced by books I have read; mainly fairy tales and stories about fantasy and reality. I often look at paintings as well, to find inspiration, while creating my own pictures. I believe, looking at my work, the impact of this medium is apparent: my pictures are very "painterly," the overall color tone of them is highly manipulated, there are no real blacks or whites, the mid-tones are very dominant. I often add fog to my pictures in post-production, which helps me create a dream-like scene as most of the time I visualize ideas from my imagination.
I often take self-portraits. I have always been fascinated by the human being, and how much a portrait can say without words. I knew I wanted to express myself through portraiture, but when I started photography, I was too self-conscious to ask anyone to be my model. In the beginning, photographing myself was for rather practical reasons, but it quickly became my "diary," a very strong part of my work. I am enjoying taking self-portraits, mostly because I get inspiration for my images from my own experiences. Through my images, I want to show feelings which are very hard to define, so I feel like the picture can only be "real" if I am the model."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist