Author Archives: Nathan Wirth

Nathan Wirth, a native San Franciscan, is a self taught 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 makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.

Latest Images (as of July 14, 2014)

Shoreline Music (c) Nathan  Wirth, 2014

Shoreline Music (c) Nathan Wirth, 2014

Meant to be experienced as a single piece with three varied movements
of threes (that can be considered across, down, and / or diagonally)

 

Wake (Richard Serra)

Wake (Richard Serra)

I was looking for a way to highlight the sea-like sculptural waves of
Richard Serra’s piece, Wake, which can be experienced in Seattle
at the open air Olympic Sculpture Park. I decided to capitalize on an image
I took back in 2009 and marry it to a long exposure sky that I had photographed
in 2010. My intention was to create an artwork of an artwork, one that used
the parlor tricks of long exposure and compositing to further highlight the
feeling of motion that Serra’s sculpture expresses when you see it in person.
Perhaps, in the end, this is more of an homage to Serra’s intriguing artwork
than anything else.

Latest Updates (July 2013)

I have added two new galleries– as well as new images to the
Shorelines, self &, and Infrared Landscapes galleries.

New Galleries

 

 

Latest Updates (March 2013)

I added two new galleries, Rodeo Beach (available in the seascapes album) and Self & (available in the selfscapes album). I also added a handful of new images to the Infrared Landscapes gallery and two new images to the China Camp State Park gallery.

Featureshoot.com recently interviewed me about my infrared photography.

Since I redesigned the home page, I needed a new home for the testimonials so generously written for me. You can find them here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,

Nathan

New Gallery: zen garden study

New Gallery in  zenscapes: zen garden study

This series is a meditation on Zen Calligraphy. At the risk of oversimplifying things, to write Zen calligraphy masterfully, you must empty your mind and, more or less, let the characters flow. Thought, emotions and expectations should not matter. My approach to these particular images is to capture the lines, curves, and textures of the rocks and find the character that resides in them by freely dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening) the details and negative space of the image, reducing the landscape to its most minimal expression– all the while trying my best to just “simply do” and not think or expect or analyze what I am doing.

David Braid Wins 2012 Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album

Verge - David Braid

Verge, David Braid

Congratulations to David Braid for winning the 2012  Juno award for best traditional jazz album for his wonderful collection of solo piano compositions, Verge [note: the excerpt from the composition, “la phare,” which plays on the opening page to this website, comes from this album].   David used my image, “A Room With a View” for the cover (see below).  I am very excited about the future plans that David and I are working on for his next CD release (news forthcoming).  Meanwhile, I heartily recommend that you visit David’s website for more information.

Here is a link to a wonderful live  performance of “la phare” from 2011.