Reflections

PhotographerClaudia Gustafson
PrizeBronze in Portraiture / Self-Portrait
Entry Description

Reflections is an intimate exploration of my journey through life, a merging of the autobiographical and the universal. A metaphorical journey without a specific narrative. These self portraits in a mirror gave me the freedom to act out my different selves. Each image from Reflections evokes varying levels of meaning, representing an emotional space in time, a moment of contemplation or introspection, indecision or strength, desperation and freedom. This is my story. It is also a story about being human.

About Photographer

Claudia Gustafson is a Massachusetts-based photographer. She grew up in the bohemian seacoast town of Barranco in Lima, Perú. Her work is often autobiographical and a mix of the metaphorical and the symbolic. The female figure is a constant theme in her images. She regards photography as a medium for exploring the psychological aspects of existence. Claudia studied Communications at Universidad de Lima, and Professional Photography at Kodak Interamericana de Perú where she learned alternative darkroom processes. She has also studied art and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England School of Photography and at the Griffin Museum of Photography. In Lima, she worked as a freelance photographer for a local feminist magazine and a regional newspaper. In 2005, she started her own portrait and wedding photography business in the Boston area. Her work has been exhibited in several local museums and galleries, among them the Griffin Museum of Photography, Amazing Things Art Center Gallery, Nave Gallery, Sohn Fine Art Gallery, U-Forge Gallery and at the Cambridge Art Association’s University Place and Kathryn Schultz Galleries.