Dreaming in Black and White with Jennifer Shaw

Looking at Jennifer Shaw’s photographs is like entering a dream. The photos are powerful and moody but yet capture the details of childhood.

From Jennifer:

“As a photographer and a mother my two sons and their circle of friends proved a natural subject. Motherhood has kept me working close to home, both literally and figuratively. This ongoing series is about childhood, but also about the complexities of being a parent.

I am photographing my life, which is presently overrun by exquisite little creatures known as children. As they explore the world with carefree abandon I observe with camera poised, balanced between protection and permission.

I work from a place of intuition, capturing the action as it unfolds, and stealing sidelong glances at the details of our environments. The images are juxtaposed to create an introspective narrative. In this series I am mining the ambiguous state of parenthood, akin to the murky realm between a river’s glittering surface and its hidden undercurrents. These images chronicle our adventures, traversing the spaces between shadow and light, memory and reality, delight and disquiet.”

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