August in Nordjylland, North Jutland, Denmark, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Portals into the Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Church of Perfect Symmetry, Felicity, CA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Revenant, Philadelphia, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Strength of Hope, Videbæk, Denmark, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Time, Memory, Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Lily From Trader Joe's, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
How to Float on the Sky, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Secret World of Ridley Creek, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
From Protection Comes Renewal, Wissahickon Creek, Philadelphia, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Meadowsweet, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Water Tiles, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Rescue Pig Basks in the Barn, Billy’s New Hope Barn, Honesdale, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
Little Wings, Philadelphia, PA, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
The Sheep Who Was Born Without Wool, Videbæk, Denmark, digital photograph, museum-quality inkjet print on archival paper
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Daria Panichas

Firehouse Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Artist's Biography

With a style that is clean and direct yet evocative and sometimes otherworldly, Daria Panichas’s monochromatic fine art photographs are intimate, thoughtful meditations on simple, often seemingly mundane things in her immediate environment.By distilling these unassuming subjects into unexpected, graceful forms, they morph into new shapes and scenes that often provoke fascinating associations and memories among viewers.
Although initially drawn to photography through the street and documentary work of Sebastião Salgado, Clemens Kalischer and Josef Koudelka, her primary inspiration and influence is early 20th century Japanese American photography, as well as the philosophical approach of photographers Sean Tucker and Douglas Beasley.
Daria graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in art and philosophy, completing an honors thesis in painting. After earning a master’s degree in social work at Boston University, she also became certified in web design and development. Her photography education has been self-directed, through classes, workshops and interactions with artists.

Artist's Statement

“I dwell in Possibility” — Emily Dickinson
Nothing beats a day spent prowling around streets or creeks, under sun or sleet, looking to capture fleeting or elusive qualities in the people and places around me. I like mutable moments, such as the swell of a crowd or the quick flicker of an animal’s eyes, as well as humble things—a frost crusted weed, a mushroom in the sun—that often escape notice but with the warmth of attention will yield whole hidden worlds.
My process is simple, my cameras light and unintrusive. I shoot in manual mode, use only available light, and work within the given conditions. Sometimes the light is wonky, everything’s in flux, my lens isn’t ideal, and/or my subject is wiggling; other times it’s a stellar still moment that all but guarantees a perfect shot. Either way my task is always the same: slow down, breathe, look for possibilities, wait for my gut to say yes, and press the shutter button. This practice is calming and meditative whether I’m contemplating a creek or navigating a street protest; the world slips away even as it’s brought into sharp relief.
To distill my images into their richest expression, I have custom-designed a range of monochromatic filters that are based on early 20th-century silvertone, sepia, and cyanotype photography. Yet aside from these filters and some light editing, I do not manipulate or “Photoshop” my images in any way; what is shown is what was there. The results are sometimes clean and direct, sometimes reflective and abstract, but always aim to look viewers right in their mind’s eye. Even in the midst of movement I seek to convey a stillness, one that may then make you go still, just as I did, dwelling in that possibility.

Publications

Poetry, The Washington Post
Poetry, Many Mountains Moving
Short Story, Apiary Magazine

Education

2000
Boston University, Boston, MA
Certification in Web Design and Development
1999
Boston University, Boston, MA
Masters, Social Work
1993
Lafayette College, Easton, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy & Art
Honors, Studio Art
Continuing Education
SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
Various workshops in Photography
TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image, Philadelphia, PA
Class in Photography
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Various classes in Painting, Drawing & Bookmaking
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Nonfiction Writing

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