Photographer of the Week #144: Fiona Szende

Fiona Szende (b. Paris, 1993) is a French photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Szende graduated in 2015 from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Photography.

“Every photograph taken floats between references to cinema, painting and serve as a testament to my sad, passionate, confused sense of love for the objects, places, and people that color the world. With each photographic testament, I yearn to paint an emotional visual narrative that leaves the viewer with a blurry sense of longing.” – Fiona Szende

Szende describes her work as a kind of drifting impulsive practice, a blind search for narrative romance. Succumbing to this “intuitive blindness” results in a transcendence in vision, her alternate eye is able to capture the fleeting emotional subtleties of each subject. Her images while minimal in content and information, present loaded snapshots of a melancholic world, one of blurry edges, lonely subjects and hidden places.

La Voyageuse series presents us with an image of a French beach front: two semi obscured, impossibly identical female figures sit on a bench facing the ocean, a stone figure faces the viewer in an authoritative recline, far in the distance another pair of figures repeats itself by the shore. Each element belongs in an alternate existence devoid of source or logic, objects and subjects floating within the infinite parameters of the painterly and cinematic. This cinematic aesthetic alludes to their presence within linear time, therefore one is left to wonder about the before and after, the now and then, the when and where, unanswered questions that bury the viewer deeper into the inconspicuous message of each image.

Szende’s work reflects her traveling sensibilities, her aesthetics drift and shape around locations and environments while still supporting her personal testament and narrative vision. In her words, the photographs chase a wandering “ex-lover”, the torturous and ceaseless endeavor of witnessing and questioning the essence of romance, whilst never getting a full grasp of its presence and magnitude.