Pictures by Lauren Withrow
Self-taught photographer Lauren Withrow was born 1993 in Plano, Texas. Growing up in a small town, she is now living in a suburb outside of Dallas.
She started taking pictures from the age of 15 with a Canon DSLR that she borrowed from his father. Impressed by the works of Emmanuel Lubezki, Vincent Van De Wijngaard and Paolo Roversi, she says: “Inspiration, for me, comes from a story or emotion, so more often I find inspiration within films or books”. Honest, emotional, raw, her photography always tells a story that each viewer is able to personalise; it’s a cinematic study of her charachters.
Lauren uses to take self-portraits as an attempt of getting across her emotions. “My portraits are being molded into a way for me to tell a story as if I were an actress. I want to play roles in my photos and not always just be me. Which brings up the part of self portraits that I do not like and that is not always being able to mold myself into the character I want. I’ve taken so many self portraits that are never released because they aren’t believable or did not achieve what I intended. While I feel like my self portraits are some of my strongest work with showing emotions, the story is not there yet. I want there to be a story behind a series of images and not be seemingly random self portraits in different settings. ”