Master of Arts
Beth Parin, M.F.A.
Jerry Slowik, M.F.A.
Fran Sampson, M.A.
A Walk in a Dream is a body of work consisting of 25 16" x 16" color prints. The photos are of nature looking at contrasting textures and focus. The photographer used a Holga camera at multiple state parks. The negatives were then scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. The artist has explored Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography and Gaston Bachelard’s writings to compare to her work.
Her artist statement is as follows: In today’s world it is hard to disconnect from media. Even when we are surrounded by natural beauty we still feel a need to connect with the digital world. Photographs can make us feel as if we are walking into a dream. Connecting not only with the world around us but also with the visual culture that we seem to desire. We feel for an instant we can stay in the moment and not have our attention diverted. As we then drift off into our own reality. The photographs in this body of work bring the images our personal history; the things that make us, us. Allowing the viewer the opportunity to explore the idea, that even though everyone sees the same things in this world, each individual has their own unique perspective and reality.
McCarthy-Weglewski, Alison Therese, "A Walk in a Dream" (2015). All Student Theses. 67.