Drowning Unconscious: Photo set by Bre Elbourn

We have received a divine photo submission from Bre Elbourn. Bre is 3rd year photography student at Ryerson University.

Bre has provided us with the following artist statement regarding this set:

Water symbolizes the personal unconscious–the locked trunk in the back of your brain filled with experiences you’d never (consciously) known you’ve experienced. Your personal unconscious works as a security guard to shelter your conscious self from earlier experiences deemed threatening by your subconscious self. In Drowning Unconscious Bre creates a space where her subjects–enclosed in a tub of foggy, unclear water–remain trapped alike their own subconscious thoughts and experiences. The series–consisting of 3 diptych’s–portrays an aerial view of the subject in the bathtub, paired with dream-like portrait of them submerged in water. By using powdered milk to create cloudy water, Bre creates a metaphor for the personal unconscious and through a lack of clothing, her subjects are given another glimpse of vulnerability. While the mind and bathroom both represent private spaces, Bre encloses her subjects “permanently” within these spaces allowing them play prisoner to their own subconscious self.
More of Bre’s work can be viewed on Tumblr, Flickr and Cargo Collective.
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