Into the Abyss

PhotographerLeslie Hall Brown
Prize3rd Place in Special / Digitally Enhanced
Entry Description

Believing we now live in surreal times I used a mix of fact and fantasy, inspired by Salvador Dali’s paintings, to create a post-apocalyptic world. Imaging our world in the future and what caused the calamity that changed the world as we knew it, I used the present wrapped in the future, a time warp with vaguely familiar landscapes yet altered by a dream state. I wanted the feel of releasing the unbridled imagination of the subconscious. I hoped to embrace how the Surrealists used art as a reprieve from violent political situations and to address the unease they felt about the world's uncertainties. Like artists of the 1930s and 1940s, who were swept into the orbit of Surrealism as increasing political upheaval and a second global war encouraged fears that human civilization was in a state of crisis and collapse I likewise found myself swept toward Surrealism.

About Photographer

Leslie Hall Brown is a fine art photographer and psychotherapist from the USA. She grew up surrounded by a rich American Indian culture filled with enchantment in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, which is known as the capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation. She currently lives in Missouri on a small farm surrounded by wildlife. Leslie received the "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3) 2016 Best New Talent Award and first place from the 2015 (IPA) International Photography Awards in the category of Fine Arts, Self Publish Book. In 2014 she was endowed with the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, was a finalist for the 2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award, and received gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2014 "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3). Her work has been published in print magazines and in various online photography magazines. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in the US, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Georgia, England and France.