Antonio Ysursa is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.
For the past nine years, I have photographed my younger sisters and cousins growing up, as I once did, in Idaho’s dust-filled air. Through them, I am exploring the mendacity of memory and its relation to youth. My memories have blended with my family’s reality, as I have watched them grow up in the same dark fields—their bodies changing against a deceptively latent landscape. Their interactions with the land, fantasies and illusions, and the silence as their identities unfold are all distant and familiar to me.
Some of my photographs are taken spontaneously, others are moments altered. Between the fact and fiction lies a narrative of our parallel lives. Through these images I am navigating my way through youth in its changes and transfigurations—from the oneiric and naive moments, to the tensions and vulnerabilities of time passing, the body evolving, and the uncertainties of loss.