“‘Canceled’ is a result of another impromptu photo shoot with a dear friend who was kind enough to pose for me and follow my prompts, which I’m sure she found a bit strange at times,” Tanja says.
“I don’t take a lot of photos but I usually end up with one that catches my attention and reveals a story, an opinion, or a feeling I didn’t even know I wanted to share. Such was the case with ‘Canceled’. To me, this ‘in your face’ image, which I’m sure many are familiar with, represents the omnipresent cancel culture. It’s a black-and-white world where you have to ask yourself, are you the one being canceled or are you doing the canceling, and who will do it first? Do we even have the patience to listen anymore?
“Because the image itself is powerful enough I opted for a simple monochrome composition where I omitted the color and all the unnecessary detail. I used basic Photoshop Elements functions to get a printable photograph which I then transferred onto paper using the grid system. I usually improvise the background to draw attention to the main subject, and along the way, I intentionally break a few rules.
“Submitting ‘Canceled’ to a PleinAir Salon competition was a long shot but I was hoping for a reaction to a statement that makes me question my own actions daily. I’m honored that the October PleinAir Salon judge, John Manzari, ‘heard’ my statement.”
Additional Works by Tanja Gant
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