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Laura Domela Portland, OR, United States

What do you find in a Las Vegas salvage yard? Photographer Laura Domela found some ready-made art that would have delighted Andy Warhol or Robert Rauschenberg. 

Laura Domela captures affectionate hyper-real portraits of the characters who live in her brother's small home town in Alaska.

What do you find in a Las Vegas salvage yard? Photographer Laura Domela found some ready-made art that would have delighted Andy Warhol or Robert Rauschenberg. 

About Laura Domela

I'm a portrait photographer (primarily) and my studio is in Portland, Oregon.

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Southern California when I was 5 years old. I took one photography class as a freshman at Huntington Beach High School and got someone else to develop my film for me because I was afraid I'd mess it up. When I was 22, I built my own darkroom in the garage of a house I was renting in Belmont Shore and decided to give the photography thing another go. I taught myself a bunch of stuff and hung at the local photography store asking tons of questions, but eventually took up painting instead.

In 1995 I moved from my downtown Los Angeles loft to Portland, Oregon to go back to school and in 1999 I finished a BFA in Painting and Drawing. After a short but fun and fairly successful foray into the painting and gallery scene in Portland, I eventually returned to photography and converted my painting studio into a photography studio. I really did love the smell of linseed oil and turpentine, but I missed working with people.

I shoot digitally and I do all my own retouching which makes the whole photography process feel a lot like painting to me. I live in Portland with my husband, Kevin. I travel as much as I can and I love long road trips in our Airstream trailer.

Oh yeah, and my mom's horse was once in an Elvis movie.

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