The Pulse of the City

Dianne Carroll Burdick's avatar Dianne Carroll Burdick

Visual communication surrounds us. Images are a huge part of today's world and have great potential to document the factual or express the imaginary. They can stimulate thought and challenge opinion. In a world where we are becoming increasingly disconnected from each other and ourselves, I strongly believe it is the arts that help us reconnect. No other language is as powerful, nor can speak to so many different people. As a child I let my imagination run away and I was always keen to convey my ideas and feelings through images. Now, art allows me to communicate things that I would not be able, or willing, to put into words. For years I have had a fixation with making a connection with the people around me and photography allows me to do that. It also satiates my craving to create. I feel that my work stems from my curiosity about human nature and years of curiosity with my place in the world. I aim to expose people's real as well as constructed selves, the underlying emotions and basic drives behind their behavior. I have done this through portraiture, street theater, cultural events and posed themed photography. The Pulse of the City will explore the relationship of people with the urban environment, the real and the make-believe. The moments might be quiet, or loud, or still or moving. Each image will reveal a pulse, a heartbeat, a joy of living, and I will use the traditional process of photography-film based silver prints, and will put my stamp on it with hand-coloring the images. I will also take digital images and explore layers in photoshop, creating double exposures. All my images will be altered. I will have framed pieces and many "little polaroids" on cotton strings, clipped with mini closepins. Photographs are proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 1010 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 10 inches