Dan Gerber

Dan Gerber literally and figuratively blurs the line between reality and fantasy in his project, “Playscapes”.  Using a toy camera to photograph his two daughters’ play scenes the project is at once a documentary of a child’s fantasy world while the dreamy softness created by the toy camera emphasizes the fantasy. The children are unaware of their father’s documenting of their play scenes adding to the innocence conveyed in the pictures. Dan presents a very interesting series which incorporates a wonderful technique to strengthen the narrative. As Dan said in his statement: “The juxtaposition of the mood created from innocence fascinates me. These scenes are created, and re-imagined several times per day, and weave a complex strand of emotion. Just as a moment in a photograph, they are swept away to create a new imaginary narrative.”

Also published on Medium.


  1. Hello,

    My name is Corinne Guichard, and I am the editor-in-chief of Spectrum literary journal, published out of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Last year Dan Gerber published a piece called “The Turkey Vulture” in our journal. This year, Spectrum is working to publish an anthology of works from decades past and we are seeking permission to republish his piece. We would greatly appreciate any information you may be able to give us to help us get into contact with him.

    Thank you so much for your time,

    Corinne Guichard
    Editor-In-Chief, Spectrum Literary Journal

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