Gold 2021 / Fine Art / Other (Non-Pro)

Locked-In

  • Prizes
    Gold in Fine Art/Other
  • Photographer
    Susan Borowitz

The series “Locked-In” explores the phenomenon of feeling stuck and the failure to control the forces that seem to dictate our lives. Using metaphor and imagery that suggest the inability to move on or to complete a task, the series evokes the absence of agency particularly by women, who feel consciously aware of what they should pursue or speak up about, but feel impotent in the face of a dominant power: unequal relationships, societal expectations and especially the disappearance of relevancy with encroaching age.

After a successful career writing for American television comedies, Susan Borowitz embarked on a study of the practice of photography in 2011 and discovered a new medium by which to tell stories. Classes at New York City’s International Center for Photography led to creative self-portraiture and ultimately fine art photography, specifically staged narratives, where she expresses reflections of psychological journeys.