I will be living in my small room inside of my even smaller town for an unanticipated extra year. I can't find new things here anymore, so I'm beginning to lose my mind. My daily motions blur together, every experience seeming muted and unconscious as I form suitable responses to questions and complete daily tasks. This work embodies all of the simple and quiet ways that this town has been crawling under my skin. This is my White Line Fever.
— Michelle Norris
Dense, deep silence is at the heart of Ricardo Lopez Bueno's portraits — a silence which creates isolation from the outside world, from one’s occupation, one’s obligations, before the first murmurings of dialogue.
Discover each of the 20 finalists chosen this year for the $18,000 Prix BMW. The theme is: "When was the last time you experienced something for the first time?" As always, it's an eclectic mix.
Photography as therapy. A traumatic childhood is re-created with staged pictures, or other images "that could hold the emotional weight of memories that remained half shrouded."