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Mia Berg - Artist Session - New York, NY

Mia Berg is a photographer and painter, soft-spoken (until she's not), with an aura of deep internal strength and confidence in what she creates. I met Mia back in November, the same day I met her neighbor, Adriana Atema (last blog post) at the Red Hook Open Studios, but we didn't get a chance to talk for too long. I liked the little we did chat about, plus, she was giving away PBR's at her studio, so I knew she had to be cool :)

Her work has a boldness to it, sexual positivity; no-holds-barred. Her Swedish heritage shows through her dirty blonde locks and light eyes. [Side note: IKEA also happens to be within eyesight of her studio window, ha!]. The layers of light and dark are interwoven throughout her heart and mind, and make her who she is as an artist.

We talked a lot about dealing with "stuff". In Mia's newer series, she gets about as straight forward and therapeutic as you can get, with each piece stating "Fuck ______". She inserts whoever's name needs to go in at that time. I think that's what drew me to her work initially, specifically her photography; the raw and boldness of it. In her longest lasting photo series, she placed herself, nude, in undistinguishable frames of similarly bare wilderness and earth. We talked for hours, and I shot what I saw during our time in her studio. Here are a few of my favorites:

Adriana Atema - Artist Session - New York, NY

In early November, I was wandering around Red Hook peering in and out of open studios with some friends, half impressed, but mostly apathetic to what what we saw. A few artists caught our eyes but none enough to join in lengthy conversation. Stumbling off the beaten path, an hour or so left before doors would close, we made our way into the studio space of Adriana Atema and three others; an artistic haven with a spiritual sense to it. Immediately I was struck by Adriana's use of bright and contrasting colors, geometric shapes and minimalism in her paintings. They were strewn from floor to ceiling in her corner studio.

Adriana's energy is pretty palpable. Within a few minutes we were exchanging on ideas, thoughts and issues of mind and heart. She connects openly, warm and when you have her attention, supremely focused just on you. The sun was going down with an orange glow. She offered us some tea by the window to take in the last of the views and continue conversation. It didn't even feel like we were in NYC anymore. It was apparent that this was some special little community that she's worked hard to build, people the main focus. I wanted to dive in deeper and get to know her better and just capture her, being her. We met a week later, as the sun went down, again. Here are my favorites from the session. A few are favorites of mine to date.

Hope you enjoy :)