Dancers of Creation Against Urban Decay in the Photographic Fine Art of Thea Juliette Stevenson

sixty eight, photography by Thea Stevenson

sixty eight, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

“I am constantly looking for a heartbeat in the stillness of a photograph,” says photographic artist Thea Juliette Stevenson. In her series of works she calls Abandoned (the Alley Ways of Our Hidden Dreams), the artist gives us glimpses into what she calls “urban degradation” –images of stark little-traversed city pathways and human landscapes with an absence of humanity.

A Home Stood I, Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

A Home Stood I, Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

In a new set of imagery, she continues the themes of urban degradation, yet breathes life into the scenes with the introduction of dancers. This series she calls COMBUSTION.

JUMP, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her  COMBUSTION series

JUMP, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

According to the artist, the dancers symbolize creation against the urban destruction and stand as symbols for the continued rhythm of life.
Broken Remembered, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

Broken Remembered, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

Thea Juliette describes her photographic imagery as coming from both memory and from dreams– “The work is an embodiment of the absence and presence of dreams and fractured memories. Dance stands as a metaphor for the movement through Time.”
FALL BACK, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

FALL BACK, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

Thea Juliette further states, that her “aim in art is to create phenomenological art work that can be experienced and embodied rather than just viewed.”
Velvet Walls Have Names, photograph by Thea Juliette Steveson, from her Abandoned series

Velvet Walls Have Names, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her Abandoned series

The images presented here represent a small selection from the body of work found on the artist’s website .
Follow the development of these photographic series in the images that Thea Juliette Stevenson posts to her Tumblr blog.
Contemplation, photograph by Thea Juliette Steveson, from her COMBUSTION series

Contemplation, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

fifty five, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

fifty five, photograph by Thea Juliette Stevenson, from her COMBUSTION series

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