All is not what it seems: Chalk Dreams by Laura Burlton

 Discover photographer Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

Chalk Dreams

The series of dreams in chalk started one day when I was playing with some sidewalk chalk on my driveway that had been left out by my daughters. I began to draw simple things at first: stars, angel wings, bunny ears and then I would have my daughter lay down in them while I snapped a photo. I then started to think of other ideas and worlds I wanted to create. We talked about fairytales that we had been reading, Alice in Wonderland, dreams and came up with many different ideas.My daughters were pretty helpful in this regard and we created many different vignettes.

© Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

I like that the images were created using simple technology ( toy cameras, film, sidewalk chalk ) yet I feel they take you to another place or time.  This series represents to me the fleeting moments and dreams of childhood, which are symbolized by the drawings in chalk that are the background. Chalk is easily washed or wiped away and such a fragile medium that I liken it to the fragility of childhood, where dreams are made and everything seems possible. Later in life many of these dreams are swept away as reality sets in and are left like dust much like chalk leaves after it is erased. The trick is to learn to never stop dreaming and to keep at least part of your head in the clouds.

© Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

About LauraLaura Burlton is a professional photographer and native Houstonian. Her love of photography started early on when her parents gave her her first camera at around the age of 8. Laura’s current arsenal of cameras consists of lo-fi, pinhole and toy cameras and high-end digital equipment. She is also a full time professional photographer that specializes in wedding and portrait photography. She has two daughters and a British husband who are often subjects of her photographic musings.

© Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

Laura’s photography has been showcased in galleries and museums as close as Houston and as far away as Canada, Austria and Spain. She has also had her photography published in several books and magazines including BW photography UK, Kamera & Bild (Sweden), Camera Arts (online only), Lightleaks Magazine, The Knot, Modern Luxury, Weddings in Houston, Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity (Focal Press), as well as several books published by the Lomographic Society of Austria. Her work is also part of many private collections worldwide.

© Laura Burlton

© Laura Burlton

You can visit Laura’s website here, find her on Flickr, Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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