“Remember When…”

PhotographerMarianne Smith Dalton
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Old photographs intrigue me and consequently greatly influence my photography. I am left with feelings of both fondness and loss as I contemplate my childhood and that of my own children as well. At the same time this link between the past and the present captivates me as I attempt to frame destiny in a whimsical, playful way with this staged photograph.

About Photographer

In all of my photographs I build a stylized ‘idyllic’ world while remaining rooted in a melancholy realm of nostalgic recall. At the same time, I endeavor to highlight those disquieting moments that often make me feel as though I may have entered a dystopian, unsettled dimension in time. To this end, I set about the task of creating images grounded in my own elusive awareness, each a study of subtle tensions and soft contrasts where the deliberately staged emerges somehow uncalculated yet ‘more than’ natural. I consciously stage each photograph striving to produce moments of ‘deliberate’ chance. It is the balance and capture of both the intentional and the accidental that challenge me while the evocative nature of photography itself further motivates and drives my vision. So too, the use of color becomes an essential tool as I gravitate toward muted subtle tones that help provoke the ethereal mood and otherworldly feeling I seek to create. My enchantment with early hand-colored photographs that exude a soft, delicate quality also drives my palette choices. My ultimate goal is to produce haunting photographs that speak the language of longing and reminiscence while connecting with my audience on both a visceral and enticingly provocative level.