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Jenny Lynn, Soliloquy

Soliloquy is a series of vintage color images I made in the late 1970s, when the use of color was beginning to be accepted in the world of art photography. It was early in my photographic career, and I was exploring the differences between photographing in black and white and in color. These images are spontaneously-staged tableaux of figures (sometimes using myself) set in landscapes and interiors, and including the use of props. In this work, I explore the relationship between gesture and meaning, object and subject, reality and imagination, identity and anonymity. Conceptually-based, the images are sensual, sometimes playful, and sometimes a bit surreal. Like remnants of a dream, they are intended to evoke a feeling beyond any particular time or space. Many of these photographs are included in my monograph, PhotoPlay. The book, which features an essay by curator Virginia Heckert, and an introduction by novelist Richard Burgin, was self-published in 2004. Several of the images were shown in a group exhibition, Portraits of Women, at Jeannie Freilich Contemporary, NYC in 2008/9.

Jenny Lynn