How I Work

Developing a concept after exploring an idea is the starting point for all of my projects. My work incorporates both traditional and nontraditional photographic processes, crafts, writing, digital editing and a collection of illustrative techniques.
 While working with a client, we engage in an intuitive creative process. Works are inspired by the connection made together after discussing interests, ideas, and visions. Working in this format allows for surprising and exciting results, tailored to the individual I am working with. When working with models, I am interested in hearing their voices and understanding their minds. In this context, the model always influences the environment they are pictured in.

Jess Landau

About

Hello! I am Jess Landau, a fine artist and freelance photographer who functions out of Philadelphia, PA. I am an active mind, and I prefer to always be working on new projects. Inevitably I am always cultivating creative ideas, and am fascinated by the world around me. Always questioning, I am intrigued by everything I encounter and love to engage with others about all topics. I find myself mulling over weighted topics daily—things like human nature, history, the passage of time, and the development of the brain. I am fascinated by culture and community, the allure of solitude, the effects of isolation on the human spirit and the inherent human desire for interpersonal connection. Beyond these topics, I am always dreaming about the future, and am a massive lover of fantasy and otherworldly ideas.  With so much bouncing around in my mind at all times, I am an artist by necessity. I organize my reactions and recover from internal debate by producing various bodies of work. I use art to process, understand and heal, and am frequently encouraging others to explore these avenues of art making with me.

How I Work

Developing a concept after exploring an idea is the starting point for all of my projects. My work incorporates both traditional and nontraditional photographic processes, crafts, writing, digital editing and a collection of illustrative techniques.
 While working with a client, we engage in an intuitive creative process. Works are inspired by the connection made together after discussing interests, ideas, and visions. Working in this format allows for surprising and exciting results, tailored to the individual I am working with. When working with models, I am interested in hearing their voices and understanding their minds. In this context, the model always influences the environment they are pictured in.

Education

In the Fall of 2010, I started my degree at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. At UArts I discovered art therapy, and decided to pursue an education in photography while combining my love for illustration with my interest in the camera. In 2014 I graduated with a BFA in Photography and a concentration in Art Therapy.
 During these years at UArts I recognized my passion for working with others. I got involved with community art making, engaged large groups of diverse populations with art programs that I designed and implemented, and I also worked privately with both emerging and established artists. I was immersed in experiential research while being exposed to an array of personalities, ranging from adults living with schizophrenia and intellectual delays to inner-city youth. Through these experiences I recognized the arts as a fantastic platform to use in order to connect and communicate with others, and to promote healing for any person who will engage.
 My eggshell print thesis project, entitled Growth, was recognized by The Huffington Post shortly after I graduated from UArts. This was an extremely motivating experience for an emerging artist, and my work has since been recognized both nationally and internationally. Ignant, an online publication based out of Germany, as well as FOTOMania, a Bulgarian print-based magazine, have featured my works. I have exhibited throughout Philadelphia and as far as Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating, I also founded a new grant for the UArts Photography Department—The Jeannine Vannais Promising Photographer Grant. My work will be featured on the cover of an internationally distributed book that is being released in the summer of 2016: Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, by William Cheng.

Jess Landau