Mary Anne Mitchell: Meet Me in My Dreams
Photographer Mary Anne Mitchell has an exciting and busy year ahead. Her expansive exhibition, Meet Me in My Dreams, recently opened at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL with a closing on July 16. The exhibition will then move to The Chastain Arts Center in Atlanta, GA running August 12-Oct. 29. Finally, a selection of these images will be part of the 4th Biennial of Photography in Berlin this October, and a series of the work will be exhibited at SE Center for Photography in Greenville running Nov. 4-Dec.31 2016.
Based on a poem written by the artist, Meet Me in My Dreams is predominately made up of wet plate collodion images that speak to family, memory, the ethereal passage of time. The work explores the relationship between visual art and the written word through original poetry and a collection of photographs. Mary Ann creates her images using long exposures, wet plate collodion, and digital scanning. Also included in the exhibition are several old fashioned stereoscopic viewers through which the photographs can be experienced in three dimensions.
Mary Anne Mitchell is a fine art photographer working primarily with analog processes. Her most recent series Meet me In my Dreamsß is shot using wet plate collodion. The images depict situations, often mysterious, which evoke her southern roots. She recently was a finalist in the 8th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and has been invited to exhibit some of this series in the 4th Biennial of Photography to be held in Berlin this fall. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the country and can be found in private and corporate collections across the US, Dubai, Taiwan, and Canada. She lives in Atlanta, GA.
Meet Me In My Dreams
The photographs in the series illustrate my poem “Meet Me in My Dreams,” which explores the overlap of quotidian life and the elusiveness found in dreams. Captured with wet plate collodion, the long exposures create movement and give the work an ethereal atmosphere. I scan the plates and print them larger which intensifies the organic characteristics inherent in the process. I will show a selection of both plates and prints.
Meet Me in My Dreams
Walking through the forest of my dreams,
I see a varied cast of characters.
Some are known and some are strangers,
some real and some imagined.
I catch a glimpse of something yet I look again
and nothing is there, perhaps scattered by the wind.
My eyes are tricked by the play of light
on each and every tree.
I sometimes sense I am not alone and
someone watches me.
The stories told are mine alone.
Imagination fuels my memories and my vision is revealed.
I invite you to come and meet me in my dreams.
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