Melancholy & Perfection

PhotographerMarianne Smith Dalton
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

My background as a painter informs the way I see and interpret the world around me. There is a constant interplay between form, color, light and shadow while references are drawn from art history. Paintings by Lucas Cranach, and Giorgione, whose works have both a beauty and crucial provocative element that I find enticing, beckon. My intent is to present images rooted in art history while touching upon a personal desire to face my own mortality. My ultimate goal is that these images will raise a shared bond emphasizing that we each are a heartbeat away from our historic past.

About Photographer

I am an ex-city dweller gone feral and live quite reclusively in rural upstate New York. My background as a painter combined with her obsession with anthropological histories and vintage black and white photography and film drives my vision in photography. Having worked and exhibited as a fine artist in painting for many years I picked up a camera in 2013, and have never looked back since. I endeavor to produce haunting images highlighting my attraction to the nostalgic, melancholy component that early photography and film convey to me on a visceral level.