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IAM BURN

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IN CONTRAST...

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Burn has always been drawn to the sea. It acts as a beacon in times of personal difficulty. This deep connection plays a crucial part in the wellbeing of his mental health, where the shifting tides and its mesmeric qualities serve as an all-enveloping, therapeutic space. From turbulant to tranquil, peaceful yet perilous, the duality of the sea evokes an emotional response within many people.

During challenging times and periods of personal crisis, engaging with the movemnt, shapes and rhythms of the sea promotes a sense of mindfulness. It calms the overwhelming noises and destablising confusion prominent in his mind. Burn can challaenge his darkest thoughts, finding a way back from the brink. The sea's power to refocus his mind gifts him the time and space to breathe and rebuild, moving towards s brighter destination. The Journey from darkness to light is gradual and often unpredictable, likme the changing nature of the sea itself.

IAM BURN

BIOGRAPHY

 

Born in South Shields, England in 1972, Iam Burn’s interest in photography began to take shape in 2009 when he discovered an interest in photographing football. In 2015, he took a leap of faith and left work and studied Photography, Video and Digital Imaging as a full-time mature student at the University of Sunderland, graduating in 2018.
Although he continues to enjoy and develop his sports photography practice, he also formed a passion for therapeutic photography. During his time at university, he developed several bodies of work around this genre of photography, treating it with sensitivity and highlighting its personal and social importance.
Burn has exhibited his work nationally, including his work Six of the best which was showcased online by the National Portrait Gallery, London. His work has also appeared in Sunderland Then and Now at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and The World Portrait Exhibition at Priestman Gallery, Sunderland. His new work, In contrast, will also be exhibited at Priestman Gallery later this year.


www.iamburn.co.uk