Anna Skacel: Faces of Ethiopia

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 6 to Saturday, Jul. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 9 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 10 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

What happens to us when we travel?  If we are lucky, we become transformed.  We do this by leaving the comfort of our home and making ourselves available to unfamiliar cultures and amazing new landscapes.  The adventure and the challenge of putting ourselves, however temporary, in another place or way of being, can transform any person who makes themselves available to such opportunities.  It can often invigorate our own way of seeing just how wonderful, precious and often times sad, life can really be.

Anna Skacel writes: “As a photographer, I am interested in expanding my horizons on this level.  There are few things more gratifying than stripping away the expectations of the day and replacing them with the unknown experiences of being immersed in another society’s existence… As a photographer, and fellow human being of planet Earth, I feel that if I can help to open up people’s eyes and minds to the amazing and different things that surround us, then I have managed to do some good in this world.  If I can pique the interest of the viewer as to what is happening in other cultures, and as a result, influence them is seeing the world as one diverse but amazing planet, then I have had a good day!

Anna was born in Huddersfield, England, but she much of her childhood in Nigeria. She remembers watching over her father’s shoulder as he took amazing photos of the sweeping scenes of Africa or its bustling social scenes. It left its mark on her.

She obtained a degree in Industrial Textile Design from Loughborough and later, went on to finish a postgraduate degree in Education in the Arts from Brighton. She taught Art and Design, both in England and Bahrain (Middle East) for several years before finding her way to the city of trees and allergies, Sacramento.

Anna says, “I have always loved photography, especially if it has a hint of nostalgia to it.  I am mesmerized by images that show us glimpses of a way of life and being that are profoundly different to ours that, sadly, may not be around for much longer.”

She goes on, “Photography is there to have an impact on us. It is there to make us think. It is there to disturb us. It also exists to elate. But, it should never leave us feeling unaffected. Perhaps that is why many of my heroes in this field are photographers like Sebastiao Selgado or Jimmy Nelson or Steve McCurry. I am certain that my father, George Skacel, had a great influence on me as well.”

 

© Anna Skacel

 

© Anna Skacel

 

© Anna Skacel

 

Anna Skacel, at work in Ethiopia

 

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