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Through self-portraiture, this series invites the viewer into a world of imagination and fairy tales. The images depict a fantasy land in which the figure is caught in a moment of isolated contemplation. It is a mirror to personal inner experience, a visual recreation of my unconscious, like a half forgotten dream that articulates emotion rather than action.  

Inside my dreams, I am someone else. I create characters, like alter egos, presented as recognizable archetypes. The figure inside the image often looks away from the viewer, the face hidden by a turn of the body or by a mask. I hope the viewer will imagine themselves inside the image, and interpret the narrative as one might interpret a fairy tale, searching for hidden meaning inside the story.

This series speaks to living in the 21st Century, a time when we are constantly bombarded with noise, information, and moving images. Still imagery, by contrast, allows us to shut out the noise and hear ourselves. I use photography to both escape and convey the overwhelming nature of our modern reality.

The pastoral setting of this work recalls a simpler time, while reminding us of humanity’s attempt to conquer the enormity of nature. I draw on themes in classic fairy tales - beauty, chastity and passivity – not as a comment on post-feminism, but as an expression of a more universal experience. My aim with the use of folklore is to suggest the continuity of the human condition: outside, the physical world changes with dizzying speed; inside, our cerebral world remains timeless.

These are images from the world of my imagination and dreams. I hope the viewer will spend time with each photograph to experience how their reaction changes and deepens, morphing from my imagination to theirs.


About the Author

Claire Rosen Photography
clairer1123 East Coast

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.

Publish Date  October 29, 2013

Dimensions  Trade  66 pgs   Color printing (on white uncoated paper)

Category  Arts & Photography

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