Andi Schreiber | WonderLust
Family life, while blossoming with promise can feel like slow suffocation. WonderLust is a visceral response to my immediate surroundings - a world where I’m at home yet hovering on the periphery, an insider and outsider at once. Through these images I find my place within my family’s framework and that of a larger existence. My photographs are small rewards; sublime bits risen from the everyday. I live here.
A sense of wonder and thrill of attraction is at the core of this series. These photographs are made at home, at poolside, at parties and in parking lots, of family and friends, and people unknown to me. They are pieces of my world and a manifestation of inner life. I fight the urge to pre-visualize; my process is random. I’m struck by the accidental image: a flash of color, a passing gesture. Details make me tingle. I need to experience deeply what is here, right now.
My time is spent around family. Under a colorful veneer I see fashion foibles and folly, uncertainty wrapped in confidence. Skin is taut, damaged, scraped and supple. I’m interested in the stories that our flesh will not allow us to hide. Our food glistens. Its unnatural appeal often goes unnoticed. We eat happily, without care. Artifice reigns.
This ongoing body of work, WonderLust, embraces sensation in a world brimming with stand-ins for what is authentic. I find it all quite stirring. It's as if I have no choice but to turn my irresistible desire into something tangible, into a photograph. I want to seduce the viewer to feel as I do – to know pleasure, to be alive.