self &

PhotographerNathan Wirth
Entry Description

A series of images inspired by the following lines from the objectivist poet George Oppen, "The self is no mystery, the mystery is / That there is something for us to stand on" (from the poem "World, World--"). In other words, the real mystery is grounded in the fact, in the wonder, that there is existence at all. This series of images is, in part, a reflection on such ontological questions by viewing at, in, and through the landscape.

About Photographer

Nathan Wirth, a native San Franciscan, is a self learned photographer who uses a variety of techniques-- including long exposure, infrared and intentional camera movement-- to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence. Wirth, who earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University, brings a deep appreciation of poetry to his explorations of place (especially the sea). Poets such as George Oppen, James Schuyler, Seamus Heaney, Lorine Niedecker, Elizabeth Bishop, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, and George Mackay Brown have played a fundamental role in shaping his attention to the things and places that he photographs. Often returning to the same locations many times, Wirth seeks to explore the silence and the sublimity of those places. Wirth makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.