Individual Desires – The Work of Lauren Withrow





This short and ongoing series was meant to hi-light the struggles of acceptance and many individual’s desires to become anonymous and detach themselves from society. It is not meant to be happy, but powerful enough to evoke a reaction in someone to change their thoughts.

When I was younger I would spend the summer writing in this little journal of mine and I would even fill up the pages to the brink in which it would fall apart. And no matter how different the plot or the characters or the settings were, there was always this similar theme of mystery, despair, and death. This sounds horrible, I am aware, but these writings and eventually my photographs were influenced greatly on the films The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands and Beetle Juice by Tim Burton. Like these films and many of Burton’s other work, I want to create a deep, sometimes comical or magical, story behind my images.

These films, and my own personal feelings, led me to create these images of detachment and anonymity. I spent hours sketching out the photo ideas, gathering every detailed prop and outfit, and heading out to the field to shoot. Each image was carefully planned, and I set out with the determination to capture the image no matter what events may happen in between. Next came hours spent in photoshop, compiling the images into a finished project, a task that was tedious and consuming. Many of the images were a combination of over 10 separately taken images, dozens of layers and filters, and textures galore, all to create that specific atmosphere and surrealistic feel behind each one.

One of my greatest desires as an artist, like any artist really, is to extract an emotion, reaction or even a question out of the viewer – the desire to detach one’s self.


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The Breakdown of Which We Used To Know

A Never-ending Sleep

A Never-ending Sleep




The Extraction


To Trust


 The Rescue