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“In my newest series, I use my camera to create lush, large-scale floral depictions. Influenced by my contemplative practices, My Eyes Need Beauty was born during the time of COVID and in the weeks when the West was blanketed with forest fire smoke. Homebound and restless, I found strength and optimism through the healing power of flowers, vivid color, and meditative movement. I merge the masculine elements of my camera, with the feminine sensibility of motion and blur, to create images that push the boundary between reality and abstraction, elevating common flowers to lush, impressionistic compositions. Although born out of concern for the modern world, this work is intended to bring us all back to the extraordinary strength of nature and the revolutionary act of creating beauty out of pain.”
Achak‘s photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is also included in the collection of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Fraction Magazine, Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine, Elle Decor, Domino, Apartment Therapy, and Lenscratch. Achak lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two sons.