Anthony Licari is a photographer living in Omaha, Nebraska. His work explores the human struggle, sexuality, subversive behaviors and his own subconscious. He photographs with film and creates prints in a traditional darkroom which results in surreal and dream-like imagery. Although self-taught, he’s currently taking additional photography classes at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.
"Photography has become an endless drive to express myself. Nightmares, childhood behaviors, destructive emotions, people and places are all candidates for inspiration. I take from experiences and allow my subconscious to creep in and show itself when I'm least expecting. It's not so much the image of those experiences as it is the feel. It’s something like a dream that I can't quite remember and it’s the expression of that feeling that's found in my work.
I rarely have a specific image in mind when I start my process. I keep it loose and take away or add from the composition until it feels right. In a sense there's a lot of abstraction found not only in the process but the final result. I feed off the result as I take on the next image.
I'm a traditionalist when it comes to photography. From concept to film to camera to hours in the darkroom and the image materializing under the red light. There is something very pure when there's an intimate connection to the final work. I think there's a lot of great digital photography out there and I even shoot digital from time to time but it's that connection that keeps me shooting with film."
Still a newcomer to the arts scene in Omaha, his work is becoming recognized. In 2012 he took second place in the Rockbrook Photo Resolution Competition. In 2013 he was featured in a group exhibition of unaltered film photographs at the Petshop Gallery in Benson, NE and exhibited several pieces at Third Thursday Arts Festival in Hutchinson, KS. He's currently finishing series work and planning solo-shows at local and regional galleries for 2014/2015 with an emphasis on dreams and nightmares.