Susan Burnstine’s ongoing body of work “Within Shadows” explores the fleeting moments between dreaming and waking – the blurred seconds in which imagination and reality collide.
The dreamlike black and white images are created entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing manipulations. To achieve her unique look, she created twenty-one 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 her to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.
Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the country and widely published throughout the world. She has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan was Nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and won B&W Magazine’s 2008 Portfolio Spotlight Award.