2013 LENSCRATCH Honorable Mention Student Winners: Kurt Dudley and Sarah Land
I am the creator of a special brand of anxiety. I notice small idiosyncrasies that make my heart twitch and inspire a fleeting moment of panic. This panic stems from my fear of having a sudden break with reality. The feeling can be described as a glitch, or a stutter in my mind. A wide range of subjects trigger my fight or flight mechanism, from debates over political issues to the overly contrasted colors of an object lying in the grass. Usually these feelings can be shrugged off or ignored. Sometimes they stick with me, forever arranging in my mind as a lifelong list of anxiety-producing moments. My anxiety is irrational and erratic. Yet that knowledge does not make my feelings any less real.
Sarah-Marie Elisabeth Land continues to create images that blur the line between the fictitious and the real. She studies photography at Saint Louis Community College in addition to holding a MA in French, Saint Louis University and a BA in French and International Political Studies from Drury University. Her affinity for the Fine Arts and French also led to work overseas teaching English in Paris. She resides in St. Louis.
When asked to explain in one sentence why she is a photographer she replied:
I photograph to document, re-create and commemorate.
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