Sandra Louise Dyas Photography


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lost in the Midwest Gallery Talk on June 19, 2018

Gallery Talk at Dubuque Museum of Art
June 19th, 2018

Lost in the Midwest: Photographs & Video
Giving talk at the Dubuque Museum of Art. June 19, 2018 (photo by Kay Schroeder)
My Dad and I in Dubuque, June 19, 2018 (photo by Susan Becker)

Monday, May 28, 2018


Show Opening Reception is June 1st, 5-8pm 

with music by Dave Moore

Lost in the Midwest began in 2008 and continues. It is photographic work about living in the Midwest, how landscape informs who you become over time. Intuitively I search for cultural landscapes that have a strong sense of place. Finding poetic beauty in the everyday through close observation of the cultural landscape is my central vision.

I am interested in people and the traces we leave behind, the ghosts that inhibit a place. Wim Wenders, an important German filmmaker and photographer has said he believes landscapes tell us stories about who we are if we take the time to listen. Another philosophical influence of mine is Rebecca Solnit, a writer who believes we must “leave the door open for the unknown” because that is where the “most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”

In the end, all I have in this world are the experiences I encounter with people, animals and the landscape. Using a camera, I can document time passing; my photographs are a testament to my life here and now. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018





Truth & Beauty, Sandra Louise Dyas

Monday, November 20, 2017

Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik -- My Daughter! (click here)

Fashion Forward: Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik of Dirty Birdies Vintage

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Elemental: Edgelands from Sandy Dyas on Vimeo.


The year of Elemental

“There’s a place I always go… the tangled, messy border where human and nature collide and collude. Edgeland.” – NYTimes writer Rob Cowen
This idea of Edgelands – that space between city and country, wild and tamed, was the inspiration for this fifth edition of the Elemental series.  For this topic we asked Catherine Pancake, a US-based sound designer and composer, to create an original soundscape based on the idea of Edgelands.  Using Catherine’s piece as the starting point, we each created a video interpretation to accompany the sound- one more narrative, the other more experimental- yet both walking that imaginary line.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Elemental: Eclipse from Homegrown Stories


On August 21, 2017 a momentous astronomical event took place in the US, a total eclipse of the sun. The year of Elemental marked this event by asking French sound designer Patrick de Caumette to create an original sound composition.  With eclipse footage supplied by Derek Muller and John D. Boswell, Sandy and LeAnn took wide inspiration from the word and phenomenon of eclipse.

Videographers: Sandra Louise Dyas, LeAnn Erickson, Derek Muller with John D. Boswell. 

Derek Muller is Veritasium

John D. Boswell is Symphony of Science

and to see four years of experimental collaborations:


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Elisa Korenne Revisited

I recently received a picture postcard in the mail from my musician friend up in Minnesota about her new memoir called ---

Hundred Miles to Nowhere; An Unlikely Love Story

Her name is Elisa Korenne. Way back in 2010, we did a day-long photo shoot up in her neck of the woods, Northern Minnesota. I was reminded of the day when I received the card with a photo from that day.

I decided to revisit the photographs we made and was surprised by how many I still really like and even some I had not considered before. I wish I did more of these kind of creative and wide open shoots!
Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas
Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas
Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas

Elisa Korenne by Sandra L. Dyas