Born in Cambridge, England, Jacqueline Walters is a fine art photographer based in San Francisco. Since 2009 her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area at Corden|Potts Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, and Santa Clara University; in Oregon at LightBox Photographic Gallery; in New York at SOHO Photo Gallery; in Massachusetts at the Griffin Museum of Photography; as well as many other galleries in the United States, and internationally at the Complesso Monumentale del San Giovanni, Catanzaro, Italy, and The 11th Shanghai International Photographic Festival: Invitation Exhibition, Shanghai, China. Her work has been published in SHOTS magazine, Black and White Magazine, and the online edition of All About Photo.com. Jacqueline’s work is part of private collections nationally and internationally. In addition, Jacqueline was a finalist in the Critical Mass, Photolucida International Competition in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
A Dream of a Faraway Place
My series, “A Dream of a Faraway Place” explores difference and familiarity in the landscape of my travels. As this work evolved, I discovered that images made in a distant land reminded me of places close to home, and vice versa. This was disorienting. I felt as if I were seeing the world through the soft focus of dreams where memories fragment and merge, producing a remembrance of a time and place that is both real and imagined.
My images are populated with rivers, trees, chairs, bridges and boats, common to most countries. Present is the ubiquitous umbrella. Architectural and natural forms suggest their origins, and locales elsewhere.
My intent in using the soft focus imagery of zone plate is to point to the uncertainty inherent in dreams. In addition, I use black and white film to remove any cultural signifiers that would be evident in color. I wish to convey to the viewer both the image fixed in time, and the suggestion of the images as a dream sequence that reveals and conceals places that may or may not be where we thought them to be.