The Old World

PhotographerEmily Sheffer
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBoston, United States
Photo Date2015
Technical InfoArchival Inkjet Print
Entry Description

I make photographs in an attempt to understand the disorienting duality of the self – the random bubbling up of the mysterious unconscious into the strict reality of the conscious. Unyielding, the conscious constantly remains in the forefront of the waking mind, while, in subterfuge, the unconscious rules behind a thick curtain of mystery. The subject appear calm on the surface - an idealized and romanticized view of the self. But, deeper inspection reveals a tension below the surface – a tension that is rooted in constantly lurking anxieties.