CHRISTINE FITZGERALD, RUNNER UP OF THE SEPTEMBER 2017 EDITION
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Christine Fitzgerald is a fine art photographer from Ottawa, Canada. Her work is focused on the relationship between nature and humans, often with underlying themes relating to identity, memory, and the transience of life. Time often plays an important role in her work and influences her process. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage large format cameras and lenses, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. Through her work using 19th century photographic and printmaking techniques, Christine emphasizes the value of historical perspective and continuity within a current reality. Christine has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her work has been showcased in exhibits around the world including Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and London.
Project Statement, Threatened
The earth is a tough planet. Everything is in a state of flux – it has always has been that way. Mass extinctions have occurred before. They are not new. The current ongoing event is different. Unlike previous ones, humans have accelerated the rate of evolution of life on earth. The images from the Threatened series combine the past with the present. The future is unwritten.The ongoing photographic series was produced using the nineteenth-century wet plate collodion process in which the hues, tones and serendipitous imperfections generated by the process combine with the subject matter to convey the disturbing present reality of the world’s threatened creatures and the bleak future they face. This series contemplates the tension between humans and the natural environment and the brevity of life.