Susan Bowen

Urban Panorama

Skateboard Park (Arms Up)

As a New Yorker who saw the Trade Center fall, it is probably no accident that I subsequently took to the streets as a reaffirmation of the city that I love.  A chance encounter with a particular class, a particular camera, and a particular technique erupted into this current body of work. Most of my images are urban in nature and express the experience of walking down a city street. The bombardment of the senses, the urgency that is New York is a constant inspiration to me. The city explodes with life; I attempt to capture that energy and vitality and to show the wonders possible around each corner. The multiple exposures give an expanded sense of the captured moment, they cause the flow of events to pause and be revealed.  Presenting variety in scale and space, the images draw the viewer into a world of unexpected and unclear juxtapositions; a story unfolds, a discovery awaits.

I use a $20 plastic camera called the Holga. My long overlapping images are created by only partially advancing the film between exposures the overlapping occurs in the film itself.  The first viewing of a negative is for me, as much as for anyone, a moment of revelation and surprise.  A computer programmer by trade (where control is the objective), I enjoy allowing chance to bring what it may.

—Susan Bowen

Orleans Stroll

Times Square

Departing G at Dusk

Water Park and Clouds

Anti-War Protest (Where is the Atonic Love)