Born in Lebanon, Lara Zankoul graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Masters in Economics. Driven by passion and impulse, she taught herself photography and started an enriching and self-fulfilling journey in the creative arena. She currently divides her life between economic research and the professional practice of artistic photography. Zankoul’s practice of fine arts photography primarily appeared as a need to escape the monotonous life of the cubicle during her first full-time job. This need to evade reality was translated in her imagery, which is characterized by a fantastic atmosphere and surreal compositions common in dreams. Symbols are omnipresent in her body of work and characters are anonymous and timeless, making her images universal. The concepts are initially expressions of her subconscious as they are spontaneous visuals in her mind. Her photographic process resides in recreating or mimicking these cerebral moments rather than capturing reality. Primarily a means of self-expression, Zankoul’s series is characterized by a feminine style and a unique crossprocessing scheme that completes her vision of a dream. Please visit her Flickr or follow her Tumblr for more work.