Heather Kurdyla

I use my photography as a way to explore the relationships I have with my subjects and with myself. I am influenced by things of the past and use them as a way to define myself. Whether it be portraiture, still life, or abstraction I have a connection which each thing that I photograph. Although I am capturing an image, I am also capturing a memory. I am like an outsider looking in on a miraculous moment that I am not part of. My photographs are haunting with a sense of nostalgia. I use a combination of something beautiful with something strange and mysterious.

I explore the ideas of home, women, and relationships as well as the issues of abandonment and absence. My images yearn for a sense of a forgotten tradition. I use my images in a narrative way. By telling a story with my images, I am telling the story of myself.