Within Shadows

PhotographerSusan Burnstine
PrizeBronze in Book (series Only) / Fine Art
Entry Description

Within Shadows (Charta Editions, 2011) is a subtle, indelibly memorable photographic exploration of the fleeting moments between dreaming and waking—the blurred seconds in which imagination and reality collide. Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative analogue processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. As a child, she suffered vivid nightmares that stayed with her for days. When awake, these powerful dreams would induce a liminal state that opened up an exploration of the subconscious, wherein she discovered a curious synthesis of magic and reality. Within these unfamiliar states of mind that bridged the gap between real and unreal, she found symbolic intimations of life and death. Though the intensity of her dreams did not lessen as an adult, her response transformed. “Initially,” she says, “I was lost within the haze of my dreams. But now, it is through my dreams that I truly see.”

About Photographer

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles. Susan's work is represented in galleries across the world, is widely published and has garnered numerous accolades and awards. Burnstine is one of the few photographers today avidly pursuing alternative analogue processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape. As a child, she suffered vivid nightmares that stayed with her for days. When awake, these powerful dreams would induce a liminal state that opened up an exploration of the subconscious, wherein she discovered a curious synthesis of magic and reality. Within these unfamiliar states of mind that bridged the gap between real and unreal, she found symbolic intimations of life and death. Though the intensity of her dreams did not lessen as an adult, her response transformed. "Initially", she says, "I was lost within the haze of my dreams. But now, it is through my dreams that I truly see." Susan's work has been featured in B&W Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Camera Arts, PDNEDU, Professional Photographer Magazine, Black and White Photography Magazine, SHOTS, ARTWORKS Magazine, Photo+ Magazine and Photo Magazine. In addition to her photographic practice, Susan's articles and photography criticism are increasingly well known. She is a columnist for Black and White Photography Magazine (UK), and a regular contributor to photo-eye Booklist, F-Stop Magazine and Fraction Magazine. Susan's first monograph, Within Shadows has been published by Charta Editions and was released in Europe at the Venice Biennale in June 2011 and in the U.S. in October 2011.