Nathan Wirth - Photography Reception (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

Wine and cheese reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

For over twelve years, Nathan Wirth has been attempting to photograph silence. While there are a number of photographers, filmmakers, and painters that have had an influence on his pursuit of light and silence, poets and nature writers have played the most significant role in inspiring his work—in particular, poets such as George Oppen, Gary Snyder, Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Lorine Niedecker, and George Mackay Brown, and nature writers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Annie Dillard, and Robin Wall Kimerrer have significantly shaped his experiences photographing the shorelines, mountains, forests, and lone trees of California, Oregon, and Washington. For the past five years, Mr. Wirth has been studying and integrating into his work Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, ma, Ikebana, haiku, and calligraphy, as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. His studies of Zen calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought—one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

Wirth, who was named Photographer Exhibitor of the Year at the Marin County Fair in 2017, has received many awards in competitions around the world, shown his work in San Francisco, Ottawa, Ukraine, and San Diego, and sold his work to private collectors in the Bay Area and other parts of the world. In 2016, Kenwood Winery commissioned him to create a photograph for their prestigious Artists Series. He is a native San Franciscan who has spent the past nine years living with his wife and daughter in Marin County. He hearned both a BA and an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and he currently makes his living teaching English at City College of San Francisco.

Nathan's work will be displayed in the Book Passage Gallery from November 1 through January 31.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925