At a time when we are inundated with bold images, visual calls for action, and coverage of big events, photographer Miranda Barnes, who works across both the commercial and contemporary art realms, explores a different kind of moment in her work. This collection of images was taken in a few states around the U.S. including Texas, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, and California over the course of four years, and they are a strong representation of her personal work. She explains that “some of my earliest works are still my favourite images; a couple locked in embrace in Sunset Park, Brooklyn after an August swim, Tory and Tyra on their way to a dance recital…” Barnes is drawn to quiet instances in her daily passing’s and to highlighting people in her community. These images have served as a gateway to ideas for future projects, and they remind her of the power that photography has to both capture the beauty of the everyday mundane as well as to ignite a dialogue about important societal issues. Of this particular project she explains, “the works selected for Capture Photography Festival are an array of images made in New York and, most recently, my transition to making work in Texas and the surrounding areas. I like to believe that my work leaves space for imagination, and highlights themes that interest me such as nostalgia of the past and dreaming about the future.”
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