Artist reception: September 19 / 5-8 pm
We are very pleased to be showcasing select works by San Francisco photographer Sharon Beals. The large scale, unframed, images presented are from her Land and Water series. Beals, an ardent naturalist, captures her subject with an empathetic eye. She is drawn to the wildness at the edge of forests; to their thickets and dense understory. The images are not typical landscape fare but rather striking compositions of ephemeral moments in nature.
“When I am wading rivers or off in a remnant of wild with my camera, the rest of the world recedes and time expands. In what I can only call a hard-won state of grace, I work to frame momentary collisions of light and matter into a visual paragraph of reverence. I may know what’s growing there, what is brought down into a stream, what season is told, but more than anything, I want to say look, this is what matters now.”
Beals’ photographs are in many private and public collections, including the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.; U.S. Department of State, Office of Art in Embassies, Washington, D.C.; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has many published articles and works, including her book,
Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them
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