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Featured Artist – Nathan Wirth
Using a variety of techniques– including long exposure, infrared, intentional camera movement, and the occasional dip into compositing– Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco, is a self-learned photographer who seeks to express his unending wonder for the fundamental fact of existence. In his work, he attempts to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. Nathan earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University and brings a deep appreciation of poetry to his explorations of place (especially the sea). Often returning to the same locations many times, Nathan seeks to explore the silence and the sublimity of those places.
For the past few years, Nathan has been studying and integrating into his work Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought or outcomes, one that can as freely as possible, simply create.
Nathan, after living in San Francisco for the first 44 years of his life moved to Marin County and currently makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.
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