She Rests is the concluding image in The Poetry of Dreams series. The series is a set of self portraits that look at the universal archetypal character of the any woman. This particular image was made on a icy cold day, just after the sun had gone down on an abandonded dirt road behind my familys home near Wrightwood, CA. I used all natural light to create an alluring surreal state. The dress is an original from the 1940s and the suitcase is from the late 1800s. I prefer to use vintage props to add a sence of a by-gone era. I also choose to use the confines of the square to draw the viewer in to an alternate space in time. My goal is to create a link between the viewers subconscious and the image. I hope that the viewer will forget that they are looking at a photograph and instead get lost in their interpretation.
I am fascinated with the inner being, the hidden energy that propels us through life. In each of my self portraits I explore the universal archetypal characters of the any woman. I have always been drawn to the darker side of fairytales and folklore. It is the twisted fates of the damsel in distress or the patriarch that I attempt to portray in my photographic work. I delve into magical realism; where my imagination creates alternate worlds. My images are a walk into a surreal dreamland where anything can occur. I use vintage wardrobe and objects thus encapsulating the spirit of a bygone era. My images take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary creating a thought provoking story as unique as the individual piece. My subject mater is ridden with symbols, myths and legends, each with its own primordial force. I seek to use these forces to represent my deepest thoughts and dreams. I use the confines of a square to draw the viewer in to an alternate space in time. My goal is to create a link between the viewers subconscious and each image. I hope that the viewer will forget that they are looking at a photograph and instead get lost in their interpretation.
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