Golden Passage 2012 San Francisco Bay Area ref# 8687_fresco
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Although I grew up in various places in America -- from New York to California, with a sojourn in Santa Fe, I have chosen to live in Italy for nearly 20 years, and perhaps with this long range perspective, I view my native country through a nostalgic, romantic lens. I seek to express the surreal, ephemeral, transcendent state I often experience while taking photographs. More of an observer than an insider, nevertheless my heart still feels firmly rooted in this wide open land.
My purpose is to capture the wonders of America and to preserve its genius, diversity, and myriad impressions, to show reverence for and share the juxtaposition of its cities, seas, mountains and deserts. As I revisit places from coast to coast that I have lived in or passed through time and again, I feel a spiritual and poetic connection.
Perhaps I include the softness of the green-blue elements, like the ocean that surrounds us, to tie together the immensity of the New York skyline, the magic of the Golden Gate, the whimsy of the Florida coastline, the brilliance of the Colorado mountains and Cape Cod harbor, the architectural ingenuity of a railway station in DC. and surreal bareness of the New Mexican desert on fire.
I reflect on the sun's rays on low lying clouds, examining the landscape and cityscape as if I were a child in wonder -- and still, with a familiarity that remains and gives me the inspiration to continue on my adventure. These wonders speak of soft blue dawns and misty twilights, aquatic horizons, abandonment and freedom, connected by strong bridges, railways, and endless skies, with the scent of fog and smoke and radiant sea air.
The challenge is always to find a place of stillness and focus while on the road -- to bring new meaning, depth and expression to these iconic, yet majestic landmarks, as I share this journey across America.
- Diane Epstein