Melbourne VIC, Australia
Alana Holmberg (b. 1983) is an emerging Australian photographer known for her emotive portraiture and multimedia projects. To date, her independent work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, feminism and body image -- investigations that continue to inform and challenge her own identity.
Alongside nuanced concepts, Alana’s images embody a lyrical and serene aesthetic. Empathy, subtly and vulnerability — both in process and visual outcome — thread her photographic projects, as does her curiosity with how audiences access and interact with visual stories. This interest forms the foundation of her ongoing experimentations with sound, moving image, performance and new technologies.
Alana joined Australia-based photography collective Oculi in 2016 and is also a proud member of Women Photograph. In her freelance assignments, she works with non profit organisations to produce contemporary storytelling outcomes online.
Alana teaches private workshops in visual storytelling, is a tutor at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne, and provides communications consulting and copywriting services to photography-related organisations, events, initiatives and festivals.
2017 - High Commended Maggie Diaz Photography Prize, 2017 - Finalist - William and Wilfred Bowness Prize, 2017 - Finalist - National Photographic Portrait Prize, 2016 - Pool Grant Recipient, 2014 - LUMIX Festival of Young Photojournalism, 2014 - HeadOn Photo Festival Multimedia Prize, 2014 - ACMP Student Documentary Photographer of the Year
- Audio capture
- Video capture
- Video editing
The Price of Conflict
In 2016 I was commissioned by World Bank to produce a series of photo essays, portraits and supporting feature articles to complement a series of 360 degree virtual reality films exploring the price of conflict in four East Asia Pacific countries: Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Philippines.
In addition to the photographic and written content, I was a key part of the film crew, providing narrative and interview support for each film. For more information and to see the films, visit www.worldbank.s1t2.com.au
And Holland Has Tulips
There was only one person who had Down Syndrome in the town I grew up. His name was Brian and he lived with his family near my high school. Our paths didn’t cross much but when they did, I never knew what to say or how to act around him. Fear of saying the wrong thing usually prevented me from saying anything at all.
I had few opportunities to spend time with people like Brian in my twenties. My discomfort remained intact and unchallenged; a lump in my throat I had done nothing to budge. In that sense, shame was where this work began.
I mentioned the idea to my Aunt and she suggested I call her cousin Lois to discuss the possibility of a project with her daughter, Alyssa. And so it began.
And Holland Has Tulips is multimedia journal, a collection of thoughts and events gathered about my cousin Alyssa, our relationship and what it taught me.
Photographed from April - October 2014 in Melbourne’s western suburbs.