Photographer Barbara Vaughn was born in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her BA from Princeton University and studied fine art photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Following college, photographer Barbara Vaughn spent several years in the corporate world before deciding to pursue her long-time passion for photography. She attended the International Center of Photography in NYC, and launched her portraiture business in 1992. After two decades of commissioned figurative and representational work, her interest shifted dramatically, and she began shooting a new series of work inspired by Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. The subject matter of this new series is water, more precisely reflections of common scenes captured in undulating water, distorted by its movement, and frozen by the camera.
A former portrait photographer, Vaughn has photographed many luminaries in entertainment, business, and the arts. Her work has been published in numerous books as well as publications such as The New York Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Art in America. Her fine art has been exhibited in galleries in New York City; Sun Valley, ID; St. Barth’s; Quogue, NY; San Francisco; and Sonoma County, CA. Vaughn is based in New York City and San Francisco.
My waterscape photographs present a juxtaposition of real and surreal, and the resulting ambiguity invites us to decipher the truth.
Drawn by the magnetism of water and the mystery of abstraction, I've endeavored to marry the two in one frame by capturing reflections of ordinary scenes in moving water. Distortion from undulation, not Photoshop, renders the resulting images unfamiliar to us. Motion and chance combine to create a new and fleeting reality, frozen by my camera.
This unexpected, coincidental confluence of nature and the man-made world deconstructs the recognizable, and engages the viewer’s power of imagination.