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Artist Statement | John Manno Misbegotten Places


In my body of work titled "Misbegotten Places," I aim to transport viewers to a realm where reality and imagination intertwine. Through the creation of surrealistic images, I invite audiences to explore the hidden depths of my constructed dioramas, each a microcosm of my artistic vision. These dioramas, meticulously crafted and photographed, serve as windows into a world born from the amalgamation of my experiences and memories captured in other places and times.

My process involves the meticulous construction of small-scale dioramas, which I then photograph to create visually striking compositions. These dioramas are imbued with a sense of otherworldliness, blurring the boundaries between the real and the imagined. By incorporating elements from my extensive archive of photographs taken in diverse locations, I weave together a tapestry of visual narratives that transcend the constraints of traditional photography.

Through "Misbegotten Places," I seek to challenge perceptions of reality and prompt contemplation on the fluid nature of our surroundings. Each image is a testament to the power of creativity and the boundless potential of photographic artistry. As a photographer with over four decades of experience, I continue to push the boundaries of visual storytelling, inviting viewers to embark on a journey through the enigmatic landscapes of my mind.

Ultimately, "Misbegotten Places" serves as a testament to the enduring allure of photography as a medium for artistic expression, offering a glimpse into a world where the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary.

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