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Anne Ross: A Happy Accident


When Alameda photographer Anne Ross was in Budapest last May, she expanded her “Inside the Mind of a Doll” series with a doll she purchased at a local flea market and then photographed in a graveyard. “Dolls remind you of people but they’re obviously fake,” she says, making her “pretty dark” series a creepily distorted mirror of humanity. Ross exhibited these twisted dolls at the prestigious Aqua Art Miami fair this past December, alongside a contingent from Alameda’s Autobody Fine Art.

Six years ago Ross began devoting more time and energy to her photography. After exhibiting a piece at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts and receiving a Sponsor’s Choice Award, she threw herself into her work. Since then she has won other awards for both traditional photography and alternative processes, including at the Alameda County and California State fairs.

She secured one residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley—giving her access to high-end equipment for scanning, enlarging and printing her photos—and another with the Hungarian Multicultural Center, where she bought the flea market doll.

While in Budapest, a happy accident led to another new series of work. She scattered leaves on photographic paper and placed a sheet of glass on top to hold them in place. Then the glass broke. Rather than giving up, she developed beautiful lumen prints of the shattered glass.

Whether arranging marbles to be seared into photographic paper by the sun, zooming in on a tiny section of film negative to uncover a hidden abstract image, or capturing a lone bird on a vast lake with her classic Yashica Mat medium-format camera, Ross has come a very long way in a short time.

More of Ross’ work can be seen at Her studio is open for visits by appointment.

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