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The Visual Narrative & Absence of Being


The Visual Narrative and Susan Burnstine's Absence of Being
On Exhibit March 14th Through April 27th
Daily Exhibit Hours 11:30am to 5:30pm


The Visual Narrative


Photo: Polly Chandler - Austin, TX

The Mpls Photo Center is pleased to announce the juror's selection for "Visual Narrative" Call for Entry.

Juror: Susan Burnstine
It was my great honor to act as juror for Visual Narratives, a theme that is very close to my heart. One may think it’s an effortless task to perform as juror, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I labor over every image and question every decision I make repeatedly. As behind each image there is an artist with great dedication. Thus, it was a daunting task to review so many excellent photographs amongst the 1200+ submitted and it was an even more difficult undertaking to narrow down the selection to 70. 
 
The final selections span every genre, but the common denominator is that they reveal an aspect of the photographer’s personality and perspective in an authentic manner. In effect, these photographs ask more questions than provide answers, which is the essential ingredient in creating meaningful images.
 
I congratulate everyone who submitted and applaud you for your courage to express who you are through the lens of your camera. Thank you for enriching my visual bounds.
 
- Susan Burnstine, January 11, 2014


Susan Burnstine: Absence of Being


Photo: Susan Burnstine

A plane disappears into the clouds. We can’t see it, hear it or touch it, but we know it’s there. Our senses can give us no tangible evidence it continues to exist. But still, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt it’s there. We suspend limitations of our senses, and believe.

When a person dies, do they simply cease to exist because they no longer have a physical presence? Or do they remain with us through the remnants of the lives they lived? When a building is razed, is it truly obliterated, or does its imprint remain in the collective unconscious?

This ongoing series explores how the past remains with us, if only in shadows. These images capture fleeting memories, spotted from the corner of an eye that vanish the moment we turn to really look. And yet they remain, for the imprint remains with us. We are living in the present, but the past reminds us that it is part of us, too, as is the future, and we of them.

With this body of work as with my former series, I captured these visions entirely incamera using a collection of hand-made film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects and the single element lenses are molded out of plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive limitations has required me to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when trusting in the unseen.

- Susan Burnstine

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