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. In 2009 she moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she discovered her talent for organizing shows and worked 4 years at Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show. Anna has over ten years of international experience in event management on various interior design and exhibition projects. Since moving to New York City in 2014, she strongly supports the arts and culture, while volunteering for art shows and cultural institutions.

Exhibitions
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 in New York City, December 2020
Quiet City: New York in the Time of COVID-19, The Sembrich Museum, September 2020
Street Photography & Urban Landscape, Columbia University, New York, April 2015


Portfolio:

Save Our Spirit

Last year when New York City became the epicenter of the pandemic, Anna started her 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 she matched the news of the day with a relevant photo, mostly in a symbolic way.

“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. Last year the city became the Epicenter of the Pandemic, and 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 where I spend four months during the lockdown in Spring 2020. 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.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Newsletter Recognition

City of Silence “City of Silence”

In Spring 2020, 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 Spirit is stronger.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
500px Shortlist for Untamed Cities

Metropolis “Metropolis”

“Metropolis” 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 Hope and Resilience of New York City during the Pandemic.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Newsletter Recognition

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.

Solitude “Solitude”

In March 2020, 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 Spirit is stronger.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021,
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” 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 Chase signs remind us about not giving up and chasing our dreams. It is the perfect picture to express the isolation during the pandemic time in New York City.

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

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.

Exhibition:
Artexpo New York 2021,
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.

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.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
500px Shortlist for Storefronts

BLM Floyd “BLM Floyd”

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.

Justice Ride VII “Justice Ride VII”

As a passionate cyclist and 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, starting in Flushing Meadows, Queens. A huge crowd of cyclists was waiting to start the ride when I saw these 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

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 year 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.

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.

Love is the Answer “Love is the Answer”

During this difficult year 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.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Newsletter Recognition

Social Distancing “Social Distancing”

“Social Distancing” was 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.

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 the messengers of Hope and Survival. Every ambulance meant a severe case of the Coronavirus and caused a lot of Pain. I captured this rushing ambulance as a ghost flying in front of the Freedom Bird by Calatrava.

Spread Love “Spread Love”

New York City is full of Street Art which is experiencing its Renaissance during the ongoing Pandemic. Local artists were painting Heart murals everywhere to keep up the Hope & Love for the city and to deliver uplifting messages to keep up our Spirit of Strength and Resilience.

Exhibitions:
Artexpo New York 2021,
Newsletter Recognition

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.

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? And can we trust each other again? For sure we all miss our social life and being close to people we love.

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 and to find new places. Bon voyage!

Christmas Time “Christmas Time”

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