M. Aurore C. Gazda

In her photo series DOSSINANCE, Aurore explores the dissonance between the real and fictional through the combination of digital and analog photography. Dissonance is a music term for notes that are discordant, that clash, but is also used to describe a lack of agreement. By utilizing digital and analog cameras, Aurore creates new worlds reflecting on the authentic and imaginary, which she prints in the darkroom. This solidifies these worlds in the reality of a photograph in all its tangibility.

Dissonance also includes Cyanotypes created in a similar fashion but in a much larger scale. Each a meter across, the cyanotype process creations took on a life of their own, capturing impossible landscape through the shades of regal blue.

Each work contains its own layers, inviting viewers to explore these creations at their own pace and to enjoy these fictional realities. The beautiful clashing of digital and analog.

M. Aurore C. Gazda

Aurore is originally from Columbus, Ohio in the US. She has been photographing the world around her for over 20 years. She truly fell in love with the medium when she first used a darkroom during her Bachelor studies at Bowling Green State University, where she previously graduated from with a B.A. in Music with an Art minor. She is currently residing in Berlin, Germany.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In 20 years I would love to run my own gallery and studio space, with a darkroom attached. I want to share my love of photography and the magic of the darkroom with those who are also passionate about the medium.

What is a good design for you?

I enjoy minimalist, atmospheric design. Nothing too busy.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Honestly in my opinion, being a part of a curriculum that was being tested. There were classes and choices made by that I believe negatively affected the program, and have made it harder for my class to continue to live and work here in Germany.

Who or what inspires you?

The short answer: Music. I listen to a lot of music and not only has music inspired some of my projects (like this one) but is also motivating in its own right.

How do you approach a new project?

I usually plan and research so I have a good basis on how to proceed. This project was the other way around, where I knew how I wanted to make the images, but didn't have the images in mind when I started. It was a fun adventure finding my way to these, and overall I enjoyed the process.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Speak up.

One of my former choir directors used to say, "If you don't sing out, how will you know if your note is wrong?" It is alright to make mistakes or not now something. The important thing is to communicate this to those who can help you learn.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Yes, in many ways. One positive way is that I know for sure that I want to continue printing in the darkroom. I am also learning how to allow fun into my work and not take myself too seriously.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I wanted to learn more about photography and expand my work. I fortunately had the opportunity to study here as opposed to staying in the states.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

The confusion and non-communication from the Examination office. Hopefully they can improve their requirements and communication for future classes.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

I will have a slice of chocolate cake! Which I am not supposed to have, but it is a special occasion.

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