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Stacy Swiderski

New Jersey photographer Stacy Swiderski  is also an artist and educator. She is predominantly interested in night photography and
issues surrounding suburban identity. As a member of the Young
Photographer’s Alliance mentoring program in 2010, she traveled to the Gulf Coast
to complete a project based on the theme Answering Adversity. Her work has been
exhibited in New York at the SVA galleries and at Calumet. Prior works have
been exhibited at the Parsons Benefit Auction at the Swann Galleries.

Stacy was raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, has traveled
numerous occasions, and has lived
in both New Hampshire and Alaska. She holds degrees from Parsons School of
Design (BFA) and the School of Visual Arts (MPS Digital Photography). She is an
adjunct faculty member at Felician College and Middlesex County College, and
loves teaching as much as she loves being an artist.

NIGHTS is an exploration of suburban living environments and the ways in which
people personify themselves through the external environs of their homes. The
investigation takes place during the night to capture a stage without its
actors, allowing us to formulate views and assumptions about particular
suburban lives by examining the artifacts left and the oases created outside
the home. During the night we are able to explore these bedtime communities
left untouched and are provided with a glimpse as to why people live where they
do, how they live, and what their yards tell us about who they are.

My objective is to impartially depict my subject and offer insight into suburban life from a perspective one is not accustomed to seeing at a time when one is not accustomed to looking. Through the examination of suburban nights, I hope to initiate an evaluation of preconceived notions surrounding suburban life and to explore concepts of personal space, isolation, and territorial boundaries.

MEN AT NIGHT examines man, in a period of existential space, in
the suburbs, at night.
is an attempt to explore a daydream in the evening; a pensive moment where
alternate lives, hopes, dreams, and unactualized ambitions can be fathomed. The
camera, functioning as a portal to the subject, provides access to his life for
a second in the night.

In this series of portraits, I attempt to document a secret ambition, possibly something left unsaid or undone, yet revealed through a gaze. Where would these men be if they were not living their current lives: if they were not husbands, providers, fathers, workers, and inhabitants of somewhat sedentary suburban lives? If not this, than what other life would they have chosen? Where would they be if they were not here?

Being a product of the suburbs, and someone hyper-aware of suburban stereotypes, it has become a natural influence on my work as a photographer. It is a place when an oasis and emptiness exist simultaneously. I find it worthy of analysis and exploration.

mages in this series are captured digitally using only ambient light found along the perimeters of each man’s home. I try not to alter the environment in any way, just utilize it as it exists, much like the subjects themselves.

YPA Mentoring Program Deadline Extension

If you’re young and have a passion for photography, Young Photographers Alliance coordinates a mentoring program that will develop your skills and portfolio under the guidance of a professional photographer. The program offers six two-hour sessions with a mentor in the course of eight weeks and the application registration fee for a year membership is only $21. hotel deals . The finished project will show in an exhibit and be promoted through press.

The application deadline has been extended until Saturday, May 21st and there are spaces available in multiple cities across the US and internationally. This list of mentors for US cities are as follows:

Atlanta, GA, led by Stan Kaady
Boston, MA, led by Lynne Damianos & Margot Cheel
Chicago, IL, led by Dirk Fletcher
Denver, CO, led by EJ Carr & Christopher Davies
Houston, TX, led by Rocky Kneten & Sofia van der Dys
Los Angeles, CA, led by Cat Jimenez
New York, NY, led by Barbara Bordnick, Stella Kramer & Jill Waterman
San Diego, CA, led by Jenna Close & Jon Held
Seattle, WA, led by Rafael Soldi & tbc
Toronto, Canada, led by Ozant Kamaci

For details and to apply, please visit YPA’s website here.