American photographer and artist Laura Burlton is best known for her whimsical and beautifully executed photographs of children immersed in playful chalk drawings of her own creation. Invoking fairytales, surreal scenes and dreamscapes, she invites the viewer to immerse themselves into a world of darkness and mystery of her own making. Her images draw reference from archetypes new and old, from greek icons, traveling circuses to modern day fashion photography. In her practice she uses costumes, masks, dramatic lighting and a host of antiquated and modern photographic techniques to elevate her subjects to a mysterious and otherworldly existence. Whether staged in vignettes of her own making or on simple backgrounds, her subjects are painted in lush color or gilded, becoming jewel-like allegories of the artists own imagination, drawing the viewer in.