NOSTALGIA, is defined as a sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. This still life series is a study of my personal belongings arranged by color and visually inspired by the childhood game, I Spy. It is a web of memories, ranging from the treasures of scavenger hunts, trinkets of travel, to gifts from family, friends and lovers collected over the years. The following images are filled with objects of little value to the outside world, but each serves as a sentimental landmark in the emotional landscape of my memories. By layering these objects together, I hope to illustrate the whimsical yet chaotic and fragile nature of how I define myself and remember my past in an attempt to create a new form of self portraiture.
Claire Rosen is a photographer blending a fine art sensibility with commercial work to create whimsical imagery inspired by fairy tales, fables, and other children's stories. Her fine art, fashion and advertising work touch on the bizarre and unusual with the themes of vintage circus, burlesque, magic, curiosities and natural science interwoven throughout the images. Rosen is drawn both to beauty and darkness as it exists in life, and her images explore this duality.
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