Maya Beano was born in Amman, Jordan in 1991 and she currently lives in Cambridge, UK where she works as a research scientist. She has roots in both countries and her photography projects are based in these two countries, as well as in other faraway parts of the world. Having been in love with both science and photography her entire life, Maya has only recently found the time and energy to focus on her art. She has spent the last few years photographing nature’s ever-changing moods as a portrayal of her own thoughts and feelings, and she is fascinated by this interplay between nature and human emotion. Her medium of choice is 35mm film because of the therapeutic tangibility it provides. She enjoys transforming surreal moments in nature into visual narratives, drawing on themes of memory and nostalgia. This has resulted in a great number of photographic series from her journeys near and far. [...]
Both In Loving Memory and Polar Warmth were shot in the very north of Sweden, 200 km beyond the Arctic Circle. The two series are a tribute to Maya’s friend who passed away in late 2016. Her friends and Maya travelled to the Arctic in January 2016 when the days were only four hours long, and most of her memories of this place are of its winter sunrises and sunsets that bathed the entire sky with a vibrant glow. Later in the evenings, the darkness of the night was lifted by the silver rays of a full moon bouncing off the snow.
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