The Surrealists believed the creativity that comes from deep within a person’s subconscious is more powerful and more authentic than any product of conscious thought. They sought a revolution against the constraints of the rational mind.
Lorraine Castillo relies on her intuition when she makes a photograph. She feels “this ultimately results in images that are a mirrored reflection of my emotions. My subconscious is my compass, seeing for me.”
Her series, No Butterflies was created while she was caring for a loved one battling alcoholism. She describes the series as follows: ”Darkness is the uncertain place we all go before light seeps in, and before butterflies can fly.”
“I surrender and accept darkness as my friend. Only then could I find the light to guide me. Clarity rose up from the canyons. I see your life, not mine. Your sadness has risen up. But like the cloud-shadows that pass over your hands and over all of you, something is happening within you. Do not shut out life's miseries. You do not know what these conditions are doing inside you. We are in this together. My heart travels to a neutral place of love, where butterflies don't fly, for now.”
Lorraine Castillo began photographing in college, only to stop when life and family responsibilities took center stage. After many years, she dusted off her old Nikon and set out to pick up where she left off.
In the past five years, Lorraine has participated in numerous juried exhibitions locally and nationally. She was awarded a Second Place from the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, and a Merit Award from Black & White Magazine for their 2016 Portfolio publication. Recent juried exhibitions include the Triton Museum of Art and Rayko Photo Gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont and an upcoming solo exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, California.
When she is not photographing, Lorraine can be found in her back yard, attempting to tame it into a Garden of Eden, or hiking with the family dog.
Break Away — © Lorraine Castillo
Time Stopped — © Lorraine Castillo
One Way Out — © Lorraine Castillo