Jordanna Kalman | Poughkeepsie, NY, United States

Short bio:
Jordanna Kalman is a photographer, mother and wife living in NY. She has exhibited her work throughout the US, internationally and online. Jordanna also runs the online photo gallery Streit House Space. She works on many different things, very slowly all at once.

Why do you photograph on film?
Film is important to me because it provides a physical anchor to the image, shooting film brings many senses into play (fumbling with cartridges, the smell of chemicals) and makes the experience of photography more whole.

What is your work about?
My work deals with independence, individuality, loneliness and femininity. I have two different series that partially remove the subject from the frame, one is about memory and one absence.  I was working on the series that deals with memory when my mother died very suddenly. I found myself shifting gears and moving into a different series, removing the subject with a different motivation: feeling absent from the world. The figures removed represent myself, unable to be present because of grief but also a reminder of all the work I’ve made my mother will never see.