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Photographer Takes Dreamlike Portraits Inspired By Literature And Real-Life
By Yoon Sann Wong, 02 Jun 2015
Five years ago, before fine-art photographer Patty Maher found her passion in the craft, she compiled a list of things to try, with collage making being the first on her list.
It was only after Maher realized that the craft might not be too suitable for her that she discovered her enthusiasm in capturing images.
Maher enjoys taking surreal images that are inspired not only by literature, but also real-life experiences that are either personal or undergone by someone else.
The self-portrait photographer pays close attention to details such as costume, color and movements.
Many of the clothes featured in her images have been sourced from Value Village, a Canadian second-hand store.
One of her favorite self-portraits include the first image featured below, titled ‘A Prayer for the Wild at Heart’, inspired by a line from Stairs to the Roof by Tennessee Williams.
She explained on the Flickr blog, “For me this photo is about the cages I find myself in living a grown up life in the 21st century. There is a part of me that has a desire to let go of everything: job, family, possessions, the bonds of social norms and expectations and simply walk the Earth experiencing life free from all the ‘cages.’ But despite that desire I continue to work at my job, maintain my house and live a more or less traditional life. What I like best about the photo is that, even though it depicts someone within a cage, you can’t get past the fact that the act of creating photographs allows me, even briefly, to act outside of those traditional cages and do things like drag a shopping cart into a field and photograph myself sitting inside it.”
Take a look at some of Maher’s images below. You can view more of her work here.
[via Flickr blog, images via Patty Maher]
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