Fa­mil­iar­ity breeds in­tro­spec­tion Pho­tog­ra­pher Na­talie Chris­tensen

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res­i­dents, Santa Fe is rec­og­niz­able in pho­to­graphs even from small de­tails, such as a pink or earth-toned adobe wall. Na­talie Chris­tensen’s per­spec­tive aims at shift­ing fo­cus away from place to a con­cen­tra­tion on ob­jects within a com­po­si­tional frame­work. How do you avoid the iconic look or char­ac­ter of a place over­shad­ow­ing a pho­to­graph in fa­vor of re­tain­ing the in­tegrity of a mo­ment?

The en­vi­ron­ments Chris­tensen shoots em­pha­size the mes­mer­iz­ing beauty and al­lure of the mun­dane: the lad­der of a crys­tal-clear swim­ming pool, the shadow of a street sign, the dark blue shadow on a light blue wall, and a for­got­ten chair upon the desert sands, its metal back fram­ing a dis­tant rock for­ma­tion. Her work is all about per­spec­tive. A col­lec­tion of her works is on view at Turner Car­roll Gallery in two ex­hibits: Al­ter­ing Per­spec­tive and

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