I discovered Elijah Gowin's work after looking through 100 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive, co-curated by Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair. I'm really loving Elijah's Hymnal of Dreams series, there is something so, well, dreamy about them. He says of the work:
In this body of work, titled Hymnal of Dreams, I photograph constructions, characters and narratives based on a history that is both imagined and personally experienced. I often begin with found objects, reconfiguring them in fabricated scenes. As I cut, bind, pile, or suspend these materials, I retain a sense of their original shape and meaning while also creating new forms that reference the southern landscape. These constructed images, though alluding to the past, are about a search for meaning in the present. The way we handle, arrange, and value objects and archetypes reflects our contemporary state of mind.
|All Images Copyright Elijah Gowin from Hymnal of Dreams project.|