Anna Jast

Anna Jast is an architect by education and a photographer by passion. She grew up in Vienna, Austria where she graduated in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology. Since her college time in Europe, she started exploring black and white photography and participated in many National Geographic competitions. During an exchange year in Marseille, Anna got inspired by the magical light in the South of France and spent hours in the darkroom developing my black and white photos. In 2009 she moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she discovered her talent for organizing shows and worked four years at Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show. Anna has ten years of international experience in event management on various interior design and exhibition projects. In 2014 she moved to New York City, where she attended photography classes at the International Center of Photography to deepen my knowledge and experiment with photography. Anna strongly supports the New Yorker cultural and artistic scene, while volunteering for various art shows and cultural institutions. Due to her multicultural background, Anna is fluent in four languages.

Exhibitions

• Save Our Spirit - Artexpo New York, October 2021

• New York Responds - The Museum of the City of New York, December 2020 - May 2021

• Women Street Photographers Group Exhibition - New York, December 2020

• Quiet City: New York in the Time of COVID-19 - The Sembrich Museum, September 2020


Portfolio:

Save Our Spirit

Photography is about capturing the Moment and showing the Magic of the World. New York City is a magical place and it changes constantly. I’m an architect and I love the energy of this City – it drives me and inspires me every day. My photos are mostly emotional, with a very esthetic component.

In March 2020 I started my photography project S.O.S – Save our Spirit on Instagram, with the message that while the Virus is strong, our Spirit is stronger. It was a visual diary of the Pandemic where I matched the news of the day with a relevant photo, mostly in a symbolic way.

When New York City became the Epicenter of the Pandemic, life suddenly disappeared. I was out every day documenting this surreal situation. It gave me very mixed emotions – I felt happy and sad at the same time. The City of Silence was beautiful from the artistic point of view, but it was painful to see my favorite city so empty and deserted. The Hope is that while the Virus is strong, our New York Spirit is stronger.

Light of Hope “Light of Hope”

“Light of Hope” shows the view of Midtown Manhattan seen from Upper East Side. The picture symbolizes the Hope and Resilience of New York City during the pandemic and is the title image of my Save Our Spirit project.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
Artexpo Newsletter

City of Silence “City of Silence”

"City of Silence" shows the empty 7th Avenue in Times Square during the lockdown in April 2020. It was surreal to see this busy place so deserted and it felt like in a science fiction movie.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
500px Shortlist for Untamed Cities

Metropolis “Metropolis”

“Metropolis” shows the view of Midtown Manhattan seen from Upper East Side. The picture symbolizes the Hope and Resilience of New York City during the Pandemic.

Recognition:
Artexpo Newsletter

Sad Reality “Sad Reality”

“Sad Reality” shows the view of Midtown Manhattan seen from Upper East Side where I spend four months during the lockdown in Spring 2020. The picture symbolizes the Pain and Isolation during the Pandemic.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Solitude “Solitude”

“Solitude” shows the empty Path Station in WTC during the lockdown in Spring 2020. The picture expresses the Pain and Isolation during the pandemic time in New York City.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
Neil Dankoff Photography Recognition in category Pandemic Diaries

Melancholia “Melancholia”

“Melancholia” shows the view of Midtown Manhattan seen from Upper East Side where I spend four months during the lockdown in Spring 2020. The picture symbolizes in an abstract way the Pain and Isolation during the Pandemic.

Hope is in the Air “Hope is in the Air”

“Hope is in the Air” is the perfect picture to express the isolation during the pandemic time in New York City. It shows empty Ghost City covered in fog and a stop sign at the light as a symbol of a forbidden zone. The famous HOPE sculpture delivers a message of hope, but the mood of the picture is very mysterious. The lost bike stands for loneliness and confusion, while the ONE WAY sign points to the HOPE sculpture. In addition, the CHASE signs remind us about not giving up and chasing Hope!

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Quiet City: New York in the Time of COVID-19, The Sembrich Museum

Recognition:
Discoveries Collection, Artexpo New York 2021

True Hero “True Hero”

In Spring 2020, when New York City became the Epicenter of the Pandemic, life suddenly disappeared. While I was photographing the empty Brooklyn Bridge, a nurse passed by and turned around as she knew I wished to see her gorgeous face. Thank you to all the healthcare workers for saving lives during these difficult times.

Recognition:
Neil Dankoff Photography Recognition in category Pandemic Diaries

Before the Storm “Before the Storm”

“Before the Storm” shows the view of Midtown Manhattan on a stormy day. The picture symbolizes the uncertain times in New York City during the pandemic.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Outdoor Dining “Outdoor Dining”

Due to the pandemic, indoor dining was closed for months in New York City and all the restaurant and bars created outdoor dining spaces on the sidewalks and streets. The city turned into a colorful patchwork of outdoor furniture, adding a new touch to our street life.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
500px Shortlist for Storefronts

BLM Floyd “BLM Floyd”

After the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 the whole country was taken over by Black Lives Matter protests in fight for Equality and Justice. That was the beginning of a turbulent summer 2020, when New York City experienced hundreds of protests. Local artists supported the movement and created BLM murals and graffiti around the city.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Justice Ride VII “Justice Ride VII”

As a passionate cyclist and a Black Lives Matter supporter, I participated in weekly bike protests organized by Street Riders NYC throughout the summer of 2020. Justice Ride VII took place on Saturday, July 18th and started in Flushing Meadows, Queens. A huge crowd of cyclists was waiting to begin the ride when I saw the endless shadows of their bike wheels against the sun. I love to capture shadows, especially those of bikes. I literally went crazy when I saw so many of them in one spot, and I still remember the joy when I took this picture!

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Women Street Photographers Group Exhibition in New York City, December 2020

Recognition:
Honorable Mention by Photoville Festival for The Best Photo Sitting on Your Phone

Black Lives Matter “Black Lives Matter”

After the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 the whole United States was took over by Black Lives Matter protests in fight for Equality and Justice. That was the beginning of a turbulent summer 2020 where New York City experienced hundreds of protests and NYPD was criticized for its brutality. Every Saturday there was a bike protest riding through different boroughs and chanting “Black Lives Matter”. This Justice Ride started off in Brooklyn Heights and thousands of cyclists, dressed in yellow, launched a peaceful ride through Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. Suddenly one of the protesters climbed the steel contraction and I captured his expressive waving with the US flag for Black Lives Matter.

Never Give Up “Never Give Up”

During this difficult time of the Pandemic New York City transformed into a display of images spreading Love & Hope. The huge billboards in Times Square have been used to deliver uplifting messages to keep up our Spirit of Strength and Resilience.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Street Art “Street Art”

After the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 the whole United States was took over by Black Lives Matter protests in fight for Equality and Justice. Local artists took initiative and created multiple BLM street murals around the city. One of my favorites is in Lower Manhattan in front of Federal Courthouse. The letter A stands for Art, Architecture, Adventure, Ambition, Action, American Dream and Big Apple. And the blurry cyclist adds another dimension to it.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Love is the Answer “Love is the Answer”

During this difficult time of the Pandemic New York City transformed into a display of images spreading Love & Hope. The huge billboards in Times Square have been used to deliver uplifting messages to keep up our Spirit of Strength and Resilience.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
Artexpo Newsletter

Social Distancing “Social Distancing”

“Social Distancing” is a new expression created during the pandemic to keep people apart from each other and to lower the risk of infection. The outdoors was the safest place to meet, and all the social life moved to the parks and the waterfront of New York City.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Emergency Call “Emergency Call”

“Emergency Call” is a very symbolic picture of the pandemic time in New York City. Ambulances were seen and heard everywhere, and they appeared to be messengers of Hope and Survival. Every ambulance meant a severe case of Coronavirus and caused a lot of Pain. I captured this rushing ambulance as a ghost flying in front of the Freedom Bird by Calatrava.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Spread Love “Spread Love”

New York City is full of Street Art which is experiencing its Renaissance during the ongoing Pandemic. Local artists are painting Heart murals everywhere to keep up the Hope and spread Love around the City.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Recognition:
Artexpo Newsletter

Let the Sunshine in “Let the Sunshine in”

Despite freezing temperatures in the wintertime, we enjoy gorgeous sunshine in New York City. Let the Sunshine in!

Time for Reflection “Time for Reflection”

“Time for Reflection” is a very symbolic picture of the pandemic time in New York City. I used abstract reflections to refer to the need for reflection about our behavior during these difficult times. If we don’t follow the rules as a community, we will not get rid of this Virus.

Recognition:
500px Editor's Choice

Blurry Future “Blurry Future”

Due to the pandemic, indoor dining has an uncertain future. I took this picture before the pandemic, but it expresses perfectly the insecurity we feel while seeing large gatherings of people. Will we ever go back to the normal life again? For sure we all miss our social life and being close to people we love.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Travel Nostalgia “Travel Nostalgia”

“Travel Nostalgia” expresses perfectly the longing for travels and adventure during the pandemic time. For over a year we were not allowed to travel anywhere, and people felt very depressed and isolated. Hopefully this pandemic will end soon, and we can take off again, to explore the World. Bon voyage!

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021

Christmas Time “Christmas Time”

Christmas Time is the most wonderful time of the year, and New York City turns into a display of colorful decorations. Merry Christmas!