Artist StatementI enjoy looking through the lens of my camera to capture the initial framework that eventually becomes an original fine art print. I deconstruct the familiar vocabulary of photography to incorporate an idea that defines and expands the photographic structure yet removes the tropes that permit us to speak about the image as photography. Rather, the print allows us to speak about the image as it is.
Darlene Towson is a fine art photographer. She documents complex aesthetic ideas through careful control of composition, focus, lighting, and editing.
Drawing upon life as inspiration, Towson discovers many possibilities for subject matter that extends beyond recording the outside world. Using both skill and feminine intuition, many traditional tropes are removed to create images that are intense in color and dramatic in expressing socio-political influence, the beauty of natural elements, and highlight moments often ignored in everyday life.
Towson relies more on organic methods while allowing technology to enhance her processes. As such, she produces in a number of mediums, including dye-based inks on cotton, acrylic face mounts, and metal.
Towson has exhibited in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and in New York, and has been recognized by both academic and national art institutions, including the 2nd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition and at the Smithsonian affiliate, Annemarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center. Her works have been acquired for installation in residences, charities, corporate environments, and in private collections.
After receiving formal training in the public schools of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, Towson studied black and white photography at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and subsequently pursued a B.S. in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland. She is a member of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), The Art League, and the Maryland Federation of Art.