I am a self-taught photographer who first delved into the medium back in 2007. In 2011 I left my full-time job as an academic advisor to pursue photography full-time. My work focuses on cityscapes, architecture, abandoned spaces, panoramas and night photography. Living in Detroit my whole life, much of my work centers around the city, but in the last few years I have been traveling abroad and within the eastern US to capture other cities and abandoned locations. My inspiration in photographing Detroit, not only its abandonment but also its historical buildings, is because the past calls to me, to capture these old, historically beautiful buildings that will never be built again. My eye naturally searches for the beauty that still exists in these buildings and this is what I most strongly attempt to convey in my work: the details, light, textures and colors of these spaces. People have asked me why I photograph abandoned buildings -- at first, I tell them I appreciate beautiful architectural details and the history. As I walk around these forgotten spaces, I feel the stillness that once was filled with people and activity. One other reason photographing abandoned buildings appealed to me was to live out my childhood interest in becoming an archeologist, one who digs around in old places searching for what once was. Other pursuits I enjoy besides photography: cooking, spending time with my sister Dana and friends, reading, drinking tea, Halloween, and our cats Jinx and Zuko.
Alanna's ArtPrize Entries
These are Alanna's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Alanna's Past Work
These are images of past work that Alanna has done.