Gold / 2016 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

Story Lines

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Sarah Hadley

As artists, we bring layers of influence and life experience to our image making, whether from the specificity of consciousness or from the intangible subconscious. For my project, Story Lines, I use those layers to create unique constructions, combining photographs that distort and shift the original focus into something altered and unintended. The result is a new narrative that speaks to the subconscious, to dreams and desires, to childhood and other worlds. The complexity of these images allow for story lines that are individually interpreted by the viewer. In a sense, they are the film still in my own surreal home movies.

Sarah Hadley is a Chicago photographer whose work has appeared both nationally and internationally in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Chicago Magazine. In 2008, she shot the entire TimeOut Los Angeles guidebook. She has received numerous grants and awards for her fine art photographs and has exhibited them widely. She is working on a book about Venice, Italy, a city she has been photographing for over 15 years. See more of her images at