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“The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more artistic than to love people.”  — Vincent Van Gogh

Inspired by my love of artists, this project examines the human capacity for connection. The challenge: photographically evoking a bit of the subjects' artistic essence after mere minutes of making their, and their work's, acquaintance. The required expeditiousness yielded unflinching instant collaborations and unusual vulnerability, as well as more than one instance of hesitant trust — or of extraordinary complicity and joy.

Artists (Also) Look Like This

Environmental Portraits of Artists
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Carlos Silva, Woodworker

Angela Derosette, Painter & (Former) Fashion Designer

Rex Kare, Sculptor & Painter

Beth Sperandio, Painter

Vinnie Massaro, Assemblage Artist

Carlos Silva, Woodworker

Trevor Corp, Woodworker

Vinnie Massaro, Assemblage Artist

Beth Sperandio, Painter

Angela Derosette, Painter & (Former) Fashion Designer

Rex Kare, Sculptor & Painter

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Dance may be synonymous with motion, but its eloquence, for me, is to be found in its stillness. The single frame distills meaning, revealing the poetry in the unlikely: pauses, transitions, even joints. Shot during rehearsals without the enhancements of costume and lighting design, the dance is stripped down to its essentials, laying bare the resounding resonance of a body set into motion — and how it echoes in the silence.

Shadows in The Dark

Dancers from the Houston Met Dance Company
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Extensor Digitorum – “Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there.”

Flexor Digitorum Superficialis – “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you truly love.”

Flexor Digitorum Longus – “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.”

Flexor Hallucis Longus – “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go.”

Fibularis Longus – “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Medial Plantar Fascia – “Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open.”

Flexor Carpi Radialis – “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”

Lumbricalis Manus – “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad.”

Abductor Digiti Minimi Manus – “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

Adductor Pollicis – “If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” (quotes from Rumi poems)

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Childhood recollections: fantasies disguised as memories, for time alters remembrance. These photos depict such a fantasy — magical, brightly colored and candy-sweet — while exploring the duality of childhood games and stories as both entertainment and cautionary (albeit oft-delightful) tales.

Once Upon A Time...

Playgrounds in The Night
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Blue Dome - I Spy With My Little Eyes Not A Soul In Sight

Yellow Fort - The Yellow Plague Struck Them All Down

Orange Cone - The Centrifugal Force Sent Them Flying

Yellow Too - The Orange Haze Left Them Crazed

Red Choo-Choo - The Emperor Without Clothes Committed Murder On The Orient Express

Tire Swing - Blindsided By Rising Tides, They Went Down The Drain

Three Slides - A Crayola Box Swallowed Them Whole

Rockin' Horse - Hi-Yo Red Rode Empty-Saddled Into Ghost Town

Basket Wheels - The Aliens Beamed Them Up

Twin Slides - The Toy Uprising Banished Them All

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Look. Up above. They’re there and therefrom they beckon, waving you over for an intimate interlude, promising their tales: stories from behind walls designed to keep them hush; from behind windows that crop a tantalizing phrase from the whole. You need only hear between the lines. So listen. Listen up.

Listen Up

Drying-Line Sheets of Venice, Italy
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Joyful One

Pure One

Happy Kid

Enthusiastic One

Huffy Old Gal

Tall Tales Dude

The Mafiosi

Musical One

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Coming Soon

This project is still in the works. Check back for updates.
Sylvia Paret Photo Places(Things) Series

ABOUT

Sylvia Paret, a San Francisco-based artist, studied photography at the Corcoran School of Art, the International Center for Photography, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she was offered a merit scholarship and from where she holds an associate degree. She also holds a Johns Hopkins University honors B.A. in natural sciences and French language and literature, and undertook doctoral studies in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania as a National Science Foundation scholar. The underlying theme in all of her work is connection, or the lack thereof, and her method irreverent playfulness, due to the influence of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements in her art. Her variant on those movements is subtler, though, more tongue-in-cheek and lighthearted: winking at the viewer,
hoping for complicity. Her fine art work remained private until the end of 2017, at which time she started
showing her project "Once Upon A Time..." To purchase archival prints, please send your request to info@sylviaparetphoto.com. To hear all about shows, publications and new work, click here to join our mailing list. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram.