My photographic work explores the carnival and mystical. I search for scenes where time is displaced, through strange juxtapositions, unnatural light or locations on the fringes of our society where the world breaks apart and dreaming begins anew. Carnival creatures with garish, peeling paint become mysterious marker of time and lost days. Fragmented roller coaster tracks describe the momentum of life that begins and ends with abrupt mystery. There is a sense of wonder and nostalgia in these works. The memories are and are not my own.
Often I do not know what I want to find or create. Some works start by chance, idle curiosity with a camera in my hands, others by seeking out unusual places to explore and understand. The resulting images are as much about myself as the place I have come to see.
Rebecca Dietz is a photographic artist living in San Antonio. Her visual work often balances physical actions with creative contemplation. An east coast native, she spent 10 years in the playground of San Francisco, experimenting with photography, circus arts and video before returning east to earn an MFA in Photography from the University of Delaware. Physical acts of yoga, skydiving, circus tumbling and fire-eating have alternately influenced and distracted her work. She currently works at San Antonio College, as an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program. Her photographs have been exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art, in the Photo Reviews International Competition, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and various galleries around Texas, in Philadelphia and New York.