Laura Zalenga’s work is predominantly self portraiture, using epic landscapes as a backdrop for her images.
She often appears without clothes in her work which for me creates a vulnerability and rawness. This is something I often do within my own work for the same reason, vulnerabilityShe often appears without clothes in her work which for me creates a vunrableility and rawness. This is something I often do within my own work for the same reason.
She uses a lot of negative space within her work, allowing the landscapes to consume her, so she becomes lost. This once again plays on the idea vulnerability.
Zalenga describes her work as being melancholic, yet talks about how she finds peace with this. ‘Again and again I wonder why I prefer the mood of the darker photos. I have always been in love with melancholy. To me there is a peaceful beauty about it. Maybe it’s because we really need the darkness to fully enjoy the bright moments and we need some sadness to value the happiness.’