What is real and what is a dream? Using imagery to play with the idea of reality and the notion of alternate realities is my obsession. I like using existing light (both natural and man-made) and atmospheric conditions (such as fog, rain, and condensation), reflections, and distorted shadows as well as unique angles, close croppings, and abstraction to create an atmosphere of ambiguity, of questioning what is going on thus creating a puzzle to solve. Additionally, I shoot in a way that exaggerates texture, line, pattern, and the relationship between light and dark, usually in very grainy black and white which produces graphic, often dramatic, high-contrast images which accentuates a sense of an alternate reality. The goal is that the viewer will see an object or place in a unique way, ideally in a way she/he hasn’t before. It’s all about taking the mundane and making it provocative.

I want the world to see things as they actually appear, as I see them, not as I can make them appear through staging or extensive computer manipulation. I like to use only existing light and work within the confines of the immediacy of time and the randomness of situation to document my visual experiences. The challenge is to take an interesting photo on the go without anything other than a camera and one lens. Often I get only a few seconds to capture the exact scene I want before something (or someone) moves or the light changes.

Rose Borden

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