About Photographer:

Dianne Yudelson is an award winning photographic artist and master of the New Eclecticism Photography. Her work has been exhibited in Malaysia, France, Thailand, and throughout the USA. Dianne is a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist and a Julia Margaret Cameron Award winner in documentary, as well as street photography. Recent exhibitions include the Natural History Museum in San Diego California, National Geographic Museum as part of FOTODC, The FENCE 2013 and 2014 in Boston as part of the Magenta Flash Forward Festival, The FENCE 2013 and 2014 in Brooklyn as part of Photoville, and The Center for Fine Art Photography as part of 2013 and 2014 Center Forward. Dianne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Berkeley. My fascination with photography began upon the realization that, in addition to being a wonderful means of documentation, photography can also be used as a fine art medium. My style is eclectic. In the fine tradition of eclectic artists of our past, from DaVinci to Duchamp to Calder, I embrace the challenge of exploring varied subjects and forms of expression. By that I mean, neither subject matter nor genre solely defines my images; they are defined by my artistic esthetic. Dianne’s top honors include "Photographer of the Year" titles from three acclaimed international competitions; Black and White Spider Awards, Photography Masters Cup, and World Photography Gala Awards. In 2013 Dianne received: First Place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) in Fine Art and Collage, GOLD overall category winner in Book Fine Art Paris Photography Prize (PX3), Grand Prize Winner in the New York Center for Photographic Arts, Gold medalist in Gallery Photographica's San Francisco International Exhibition, , First Place in Digital Imagination Professional Women Photographers, First Place in the WPGA Black & White Awards, First Place from the Texas Photographic Society, and advertising honors in the London International Creative Competition for a third consecutive year. “Throughout my life art has been the one true common thread, the stitches that bind my chapters together. As a photographic artist, I embrace the ability to spotlight my point of view and give a voice to my imagination."

Entry description: Growing up I spent the majority of my free time in the pool. My identity seemed fully realized when I became submerged in water as I reveled in the sensory hug of isotropic pressure and quiet solitude. I loved to look out from underneath the water’s surface and view the world through the abstract lens of water in motion. These portraits capture this event in reverse.

I recall pondering that what I viewed through the water was a truer vision of “reality,” reality as temporary and abstract. Life is not to be lived as a rubric but rather a large abstract watercolor painting where each stage bleeds into another.

Humans are not the posed reflections we see in our bathroom mirrors, an image we visualize and create as our perceived exterior representations to the world at large. Our corporal bodies are masses primarily comprised of water in a variable state of energy emission--a constant state of change. We are not static entities represented by our individual manipulated personas, facades perpetually influenced by society. My series Under the Surface aims to capture a more accurate vision of self, one that is fluid, suspended, reflective, fractured and blurred, easily subject to forces of nature and yet buoyant vessels adrift on a voyage of self-actualization.