Featured Artist: Tess Yaney
Name: Tess Yaney
Hometown: West Orange,NJ
Current town: Atlanta, GA
Job description: Photographer
Bio: Tess Yaney is a photographer based out of Atlanta and New York. Being exposed to photography at such an early age, she learned to have that artistic eye necessary for making images due to her family’s emphasis on the importance of learning about art. However, it was not until college when she began thinking of this particular field as her own. Previously having studied fashion design, and then years of art history at Montclair State University in her home-state of New Jersey, Tess began to pursue her newfound interest. Embarking on a new adventure away from home at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, she will be graduating this upcoming June. Her goal is to continue to learn more about her field, the world, as well as herself through dedicating her time there, has successfully developed and realized her passions in photography. Incorporating all her previous knowledge and side skills such as art history, sewing, theater, and more, into her photography created an out of the ordinary point of view.
For fine art:possibly a series on sexual empowerment for women; for fashion: a series of new editorials focusing on either edgy or super fun/creative lighting looks.
I’m both a commercial and fine artist with my photography; yet, even my commercial work has a fine art approach, since I like to push limits or be inspired by other artists who do the same, and are extremely successful. I would say almost all my work involves people, whether portraiture, or the absence of them in order to make a point. I normally shoot fashion and portraiture.
I’ve been an artist since I was a child: drawing, taking film pictures with my family, visiting museums, designing and sewing clothes since I was a teenager. However, it didn’t hit me that I wanted to be a serious photographer until about two years ago. I just loved doing all the steps involved.
I’m graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design with my BFA in photography in ten weeks! It’s a huge step for me, but I’m excited to apply my knowledge to the outside world.
A lot of my fine art work has been inspired by recent political situations with women and how the media represents these situations. Many people will argue that there’s no sexism, but there’s more than just that, there’s sometimes total mistreatment in situations where people should be empathetic or sympathetic too, rather than blame victims.
I was in SCAD Atlanta’s Open Studio event, where I still have two pieces hanging up. I also was in a group show in November called Contradistinction, which featured one of my feminist pieces. Before I graduate, I’m sure I will have another group show with other graduating students, however, no details on that yet.
Again, my fine art work recently has taken this turn dealing with women’s issues.
Confidence, putting yourself out there, and then also being critical enough without making you have a writer’s block, per-say.
I think my work has increased in depth over time. At first, I didn’t really know to look so deep with photography, but it’s possible. It’s all about just continuing shooting and shooting even if you think something is the way you want it.
No, but I would like to, I’m going to be doing more research on that as well. I really want to do more group shows, possibly with other young feminist artists.
What are you listening to these days?
A lot of soundtracks! However, really a lot of Soap&Skin, Lana del Rey, and more.