This series represents an ongoing search to understand the internal and external forces that fluctuate, accumulate and compound identity. At the same time, my photographic process steers the work away from the signifying functions inherent to the medium of photography. 

When looking at these images, the urge to ask “What is it?” echoes the question, “What are you?” — a question that has been directed towards me countless times and one that I find increasingly difficult to answer. Reflecting on the perception and performance of identity informs my use of photography.

I spit on and manually manipulate silver halides in my negatives as symbolic acts to expose the inherent biologic and socio-cultural forces that stimulate the performance of a confident identity by the otherwise vulnerable and conscious self. This process produces a series of images that reveal certain truths in identity and simultaneously the inadequacies in the language that it employs. Resembling systems of the natural sciences—microscopic, topographic and celestial—the photographs allegorize the complexity of systems that make up an individual and the perception of self.

— Claire A. Warden


Exhibition of all 50 LensCulture Emerging Talents: Barcelona, October 13-31

Claire A. Warden's work, along with photographs from ALL the LensCulture Emerging Talents will be shown in an exhibition at the Galeria Valid Foto in Barcelona. Please join us for theopening party on October 13, 2014—we hope to see you there! See a preview of ALL the winners here in LensCulture.

ALL winners have already been featured at photo festival screenings in Dublin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Amsterdam so far this year. Next screening in Korea at the
Seoul Lunar Photo Fest.