Susan Barnett

“After Neon” © Susan Barnett

Susan Barnett is a fine art photographer who has couple of very interesting series in her website. The first one,”After Neon“, are images of storefronts and reflections, with a mix of colors, patterns and simple forms that are visually compelling.

“Not in Your face” © Susan Barnett

The second series is more interesting and original. Entitled “Not in your face“, she photographs the back of T-Shirts of people she finds in the streets. In similar ways, both series share the beauty of patters and patterns interrupted and speak about regular life and experiences. In the second case, the patterns on T-shirts. Visually, the sequence of images forms a line of storytelling, a form of biographic self-identity of the subjects.

In the series “Not In Your Face” the t-shirt is starkly evident but the photographs are not about the t-shirt per se. They are about self-identity and validation. Each one of these people reveal a part of themselves that advertises their hopes, ideals, likes, dislikes, political views, and personal mantras. They wear a kind of badge of honor that says “yes, I belong to this group not the other.”

“Not in Your face” © Susan Barnett