Youth without age , life without death

This project is a response to my need to escape, adventure and roam in reaction to internal pressure I feel that time is moving too fast. drawing inspiration from a folk tale it is both an adventure for the artist and viewer to escape and reflect on the notion of time and mortality.

“Youth Without Age and Life Without Death” was written by Petre Ispirescu . The overarching argument is a common but affirming one: life outside of linear time, and thus agelessness, is impossible. And if there is to be any remote possibility, it is only a form of momentary independence that is offered before the inevitable occurs – meeting one’s death like any mortal.

This project is a response to my need to escape, adventure and roam in reaction to internal pressure I feel that time is moving too fast. It seems like a shared experience that hours, days and weeks pass and we can’t recall them, life continues and time slips away.

My adventure began in Romania. The strong sense of timelessness, tradition and untouched scenery mirrored my desire to stop time.

I soon stumbled across this folktale which perfectly echoes the many questions that I have.

This is a photographic exploration of the people, places and landscapes I encountered in Romania, drawing directly on this famous mythology and a sense of a temporal place to offer a view on the fragility of life.

Alternating between reality and fantasy, the photographs respond to a feeling of separation from the modern world. I have intentionally played with the notion of fiction and the present moment.

Like a web of nostalgia and resistance, all the signs of temporality come to bear in objects that are charged with tensions of permanence and impermanence. Time elsewhere is relentless but here something

of it is left behind.

© Laura Pannack - Blood lines
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Blood lines

© Laura Pannack - Long life, master. At your service
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Long life, master. At your service

© Laura Pannack - And all’f a sudden the whole forest began to move
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And all’f a sudden the whole forest began to move

© Laura Pannack - (If human beings can), we'll have to fly.
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(If human beings can), we'll have to fly.

© Laura Pannack - The way was long and even longer
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The way was long and even longer

© Laura Pannack - If it weren’t for him, I’d have eaten you roasted
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If it weren’t for him, I’d have eaten you roasted

© Laura Pannack - Then the sisters made their guest and his horse known to all the wild beasts.
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Then the sisters made their guest and his horse known to all the wild beasts.

© Laura Pannack - Expired Polaroid Maramures The storeroom
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Expired Polaroid Maramures The storeroom

© Laura Pannack - Every little corner that brought to mind all things past
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Every little corner that brought to mind all things past

© Laura Pannack - He stuck to his word like a rock
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He stuck to his word like a rock

© Laura Pannack - Expired Polaroid-that you could stare at the sun but at that palace never
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Expired Polaroid-that you could stare at the sun but at that palace never

© Laura Pannack - Expired Polaroid- The teacher
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Expired Polaroid- The teacher

© Laura Pannack - Expired Polaroid- The family lunch
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Expired Polaroid- The family lunch

© Laura Pannack - he offering ,they got used to each other bit by bit
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he offering ,they got used to each other bit by bit

© Laura Pannack - Heaven and Cyanide
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Heaven and Cyanide

© Laura Pannack - Wanderers- but one day he took off after a hare
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Wanderers- but one day he took off after a hare

© Laura Pannack - Expired Polaroid- The market
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Expired Polaroid- The market

© Laura Pannack - The next day, when dawn poured forth
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The next day, when dawn poured forth

© Laura Pannack - If you want to go too, climb up and let’s go!
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If you want to go too, climb up and let’s go!