Susan Bowen lives in New York City and has been mostly known for her overlapping multiple exposure panoramas, which she shoots with a plastic camera. In 2008 Susan completed a 48’ public art mural for a school in New Haven, Connecticut, and the previous year she created four murals for the Department of Transportation in Minnesota. In 2007 she was profiled in Photo Techniques and Light Leaks magazines, published in Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, and received an award in the Pilsner Urquell International Photography/Lucie 2007 Awards. In 2006 and 2010 Susan had four images published in Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, a book by Michelle Bates. Her 19 solo/2-person shows have been in New York, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Reno, Dayton, San Marino, Lubbock, Georgia, and Tennessee. Susan has been in 175 group shows in the past 14 years, including ones at the Safe-T, Nelson Hancock, and Sideshow galleries in Brooklyn, the Photographic Center NW in Seattle, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins. She has been a finalist for public art projects in Brooklyn, Tampa, Gainesville, Iowa, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Frisco, Texas. Susan's current projects include a digital series exploring the topics of people walking and pictures of the ground. She is also a computer programmer by trade.
My work is almost always about motion. The intense pace and vitality of the urban setting excites me; I like to shoot fast and furiously, to be totally immersed and to be swept up in, and along with, the tide of the moment. I am either shooting people that are in motion or I am in movement around my subject... and often both.
I enjoy the element of chance in all my photography. I like to be very spontaneous in my shooting and see what surprises that brings. It is a delight to me how the images capture my experience of a particular time and place and at the same time have an identity all their own.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY