CHRISTINA SEELY, Lux, Metropolis 37°46’N122°26’W (San Francisco), 2005-2010, Archival Inkjet Print, 16 x 20 inches, Edition of 10.
This image of artificial glow produced by the San Francisco skyline is from Seely's Lux series, which presents photographic portraits of forty-five cities that lie in the most brightly illuminated regions of the NASA night earth map. The image depicts exclusively man-made light, captured through long exposure with a 4x5 large format field camera. Seely's expedition-based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and the complexities of our contemporary relationship to nature and time.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and private collections including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The West Collection and The Walker Art Center. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, and a recipient of a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco.
She received the 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, her first monograph Lux, will be co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Seely received a BA from Carleston College, an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and recently began a tenure track post as Assistant Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover NH.