Through orchestrated narratives, Nadine Rovner creates lush cinematic scenes with heightened tension, anxiety, anticipation, longing and desire. Says Rovner, “There is something idyllic yet broken, thrilling yet vulnerable, beneath the veneer of the characters that speak to the current complexity of a society filled with palpable tension and fraught with resistance.”
A portrait that reflects not only the anticipation of puberty, says Saad, but also the anticipation of the unknown.
A series of monochromatic self portraits that are meant to reflect how people are connected through the shared human condition. Aelavanthara says the series ultimately reflects upon “the forms, the impermanence and the interconnectedness of natural life.”
Having moved from America’s flatlands to the mountainous West, Jantzen says she approached this series as both a window through which she could observe her new surrounds, and as a mirror to reflect her inner state of being. She says, “I use layering and blending modes to merge the observed environment with my internal intuition.”
A series that depicts the “in-between state” found in the American landscape—places of transition, borders and passages from one world to another.
A series capturing the essence of the American Midwest, which Knapstein says is steeped in tradition, understated, modest and often overlooked.
A still life meant to represent life and death, showing the beauty and peace in both, Miles says.
A series of nature-based still lifes printed with a wet-plate collodion process on a glass plate.
In this series, Isak envisions a dream world where solitude is more than being alone—it’s a world of soul searching and dream interpretation inspired by the photographer’s years suffering from depression. “The objective of the series is to let the audience envision themselves as the subject, alone in this serene blue world,” says Isak. He hopes the work will shine light on depression and mental health, “a subject that is still very hidden in our society.”
A composite of a girl named Catherine who, at age 21, remains a virgin. Says Caparas, “The hair surrounding her head represents her holiness.”