MUSE offers a contemporary twist on the historical relationships between women referred to as muses and the artists they inspired. The photographs of the artists and muses were reworked to enhance a somewhat surreal quality. Each pairing is set against a background that is either geographically correct and or fits in a psychological manner. All of the subjects in this historically based series are from an era in art during which the muse was considered to be a source of great inspiration. My fascination was in what the subjects looked like in photographs and the pairing of the particular muse or muses with each artist. I strive to hint at the relationships, which were at the core of the muse-artist arrangement. While each of the pairings became famous and often romanticized I hope to peel always the veneer and see them side- by-side as the people they were.
Leslie Hall Brown is a fine art photographer and psychotherapist from the USA. She grew up in a small town known as the capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation in Oklahoma, surrounded by a rich American Indian culture filled with enchantment. Leslie received the "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3) 2016 Best New Talent Award and first place from the 2015 (IPA) International Photography Awards in the category of Fine Arts, Self Publish Book. In 2014 she was endowed with the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, was a finalist for the 2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award, and received gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2014 "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3). Her work has been published in print magazines and in various online photography magazines. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in the US, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Georgia, England and France.