/ 2018 / Nature / Other_N

Surface and Consciousness

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Other
  • Photographer
    Joshua Sarinana

It can be difficult to find beauty in urban environments. This series
speaks to the need to occasionally escape the sensory and
psychological confines of city life. These images are reflections
from pools of water that have gathered atop of concrete or
asphalt, which provides contrast between the abrasiveness of
industrialization and the tranquility of nature.

Joshua Sarinana's, PhD, passion for photography coincided with his interest in the brain and mind. After studying neuroscience at UCLA and MIT, Sarinana switched his focus to the practice and theoretical study of photography.

He has had a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, shown at the Month of Photography Los Angeles, the Houston Center for Photography, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Photoville, and the Center for Fine Art Photography.

Most recently, Sarinana was named as a Critical Mass 2017 Top 200 Finalist. His work has been recognized by the Sony World Photography Awards, Latin American Fotografía, iPhone Photography Awards, and American Photography. His work has been published in several periodicals, including Silvershotz, Better Photography, and SHOTS Magazines. Sarinana's work has been featured on The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Bored Panda, Time, CNN, and an iPhone 6 commercial ad. He is also a two time recipient of the Council for the Arts Grant at MIT.

Sarinana has published several articles on the intersection of photography and neuroscience for PetaPixel, Don’t Take Pictures, and The Smart View. He has also given talks on neuroscience and photography at Trinity College, Dublin, Northeastern University, and Flashpoint Boston.