Paul McLaren is a 16 year old photographer based out of New York City. He has studied in many institutions including the International Center of Photography, Parsons Academy of Design, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
He shared his thoughts on his works and creativity:
”For me, creative expression has proven to be one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with my spiritual side. I believe that accessing your spiritual side is one of the best ways someone one can pursue happiness, find their true purpose, and answer some of life’s big questions.”
”I have discovered how truly passionate I am about art and how powerful creating something original can be, not only in terms of the effect it will have on who I am, but also the world around me. One of my goals as an artist is to learn how to balance the overwhelming importance of individuality with the equally overwhelming importance of empathy and understanding others.”
Dancers: Lucy Simon and Madeline Lloyd
In this short film, McLaren tells he was inspired by the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
”Many people view his work as very skillful and aesthetically, which it is, but I was more interested in the concept behind his work. Dalí, along with many other surrealists, was interested in the psyche and the human mind.”
This film reflects one of Dalí’s must well-known works, “The Persistence of Memory”.