Kristin Satzman Statement

Artist Statement
The photographs in this series entitled The Luminous Veil, Visions of Sanctuary developed out of an exploration of urban parks and gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following several years of photographing on the streets of the city, I began to seek out parks and public gardens where I found a sense of quietness and tranquility that blocked out the city's nervous energy. I was drawn to the feeling of privacy in these spaces, that felt secretive and hidden from the outside world.

I photographed in the fog because it emphasized the sheltering aspect of the parks and lent a sense of mystery to the landscape. The parks, some as small as a city block, others encompassing an entire mountain, are natural but man made at the same time. One feels a sense of escape but still feels protected by the familiar. It is the transition between the familiar and the unknown that I wanted to capture. Some mystics believe that there is a thin space in certain places where the gulf between us and the divine is not so wide. It is that sense of presence that I wanted to communicate. The idea that in the midst of our busy and challenging lives there is sanctuary that we can tap into for strength and soothing.

It is my hope that the viewer can find a sense of peace and self reflection in these photographs. To me they are a metaphor for the internal search for spiritual comfort and safety, and a desire to transcend the ordinary in an attempt to experience the mystical.

Process Statement
The craft of photography has always been important to me. It is an intricate part of my photographs as they are carefully crafted from negative to print. The 6x7 negatives of this series were made with a Mamiya 7 and the prints are selenium toned silver prints.

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