August 26, 2020
IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNETTE LANG
Photography by Annette Lang
Interview by Melanie Meggs
As long as she can remember, Annette Lang has been fascinated by observing people in everyday life situations, trying to make sense of their actions and to understand how they relate to their environment. Even as a child, she can remember being dropped off somewhere, offering a young Annette a viewpoint of life unfolding before her eyes, and then to be picked up hours later. This fascination naturally took her down the path of studying anthropology and cultural linguistics. While others thrive on exoticism, it is the normalcy and the underlying web of cultural and personal significations that attracts Annette and provides her with a sentiment of happiness. This influences her photography greatly.
Living in Nice, France, Annette uses her camera to witness life beyond postcard views and to celebrate the beauty of people in everyday activities around her home city. She loves catching that tiny but significant moment. In her recent series of photographs, Annette has explored the colour blue more intensively to reveal another side of the denomination "Cote d'Azur" (Blue Coast) used for the Nice region. Annette captures life in Nice with eye-popping beautiful colours, in an almost painterly style, that just makes you crave summer or hope it never ends, depending on which hemisphere you live in.
"The real voyage of discovery does not consist in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing it with new eyes."
"Photography is exactly that mental voyage of discovery. The viewfinder, making me see beauty where there was a concrete wall before. And seeing the world through other photographers' eyes is very eye opening and always a new ticket to a discovery trip. The last decades have shown that a lot of people travel, without mentally moving away from their standards, assumptions and expectations. It's often about seeking the milder climate, the bluer sky or the wilder ocean. If that travel doesn't occur in our minds, that we risk to ultimately reinforce our prejudices. It demands an effort to step back from what we want to see to really see. I am of course working on that myself."