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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Benjamin Chapman

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: Southeast

The Secret Life

I was originally inspired to create this series of images in 2013 when I saw 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. For those who haven't seen the movie, its main character; Walter, is a daydreamer. As a child, I too was a daydreamer. From the day I learned to read, I was never without a book. As the years went by and my parent's marriage began to fall apart, I relied more heavily on books to take me away from what had become my own horror novel. To escape, I would sit at my desk and read, transporting myself to jungle forests, mountain peaks, and raging rivers.

'The Secret Life' is a visualization of the solitude and loneliness that I felt during my childhood, but it is also a celebration of my ability to overcome my darkest moments.

The Secret Life 1

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The Secret Life 2

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