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Using a variety of techniques– including long exposure, infrared, intentional camera movement, and the occasional dip into compositing– Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco, is a self-learned photographer who seeks to express his unending wonder for the fundamental fact of existence. In his work, he attempts to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. Nathan earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from San Francisco State University and brings a deep appreciation of poetry to his explorations of place (especially the sea). Often returning to the same locations many times, Nathan seeks to explore the silence and the sublimity of those places.
For the past few years, Nathan has been studying and integrating into his work Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought or outcomes, one that can as freely as possible, simply create.
Nathan, after living in San Francisco for the first 44 years of his life, moved to Marin County in 2010 and currently makes his living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.
2017 — Wanderlust Exhibition, Dickerman Prints, San Francisco, CA June – 2017 (Group Exhibition- 1 image)
2017 — B&W Minimalism Magazine Photography Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Creations, Isfahan, Iran – May 26, 2017 – June 20, 2017 (4 images)
2017 — B&W Minimalism Magazine Photography Exhibition, Yadegaran Art Gallery, Kerman, Iran – February 17-24, 2017 (4 images)
2016 — International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA – November 10-13, 2016 (Exhibited with Matthieu Ricard)
2015 — Stone Altars (book release and solo show), Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA September 19, 2015 – October 17, 2015
2015 — Golden Camera Awards Exhibition. Kyiv Photography School, Kiev, Ukraine, March 31-April 30, 2015 (6 images)
2015 — Golden Camera Awards Exhibition. National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine, March 27-29, 2015 (6 images)
2014 — a slice of silence (solo show), Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA May 3, 2014 – July 4, 2014
2018 — Marin County Fair. Best of Show Monochrome Print; Second Place (Marvelous Marin); Two Honorable Mentions
2018 — Monochrome Awards. Fine Art Discovery of the Year (First Place), Four Honorable Mentions
2017 — Epson International Pano Awards. 2 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 3 Bronze Metals — and three images placed in top 50
2017 — Black and White Spider Awards. Third Place (Nature Category); Third Place (Silhouettes Category); Nomination (Fine Art Category)
2017 — Marin County Fair. Photographer of the Year; Best of Show Monochrome Print; Jack Fulton Award; One Honorable Mention
2017 — Dodho Magazine’s Black and White Photographer of the Year 2017 – Awarded Merit of Honor
2015 — Marin County Fair. All-Around Best Print of Show; First Place – Monochrome; First Place – Creative-Alternate; Special Landscape Award; Three Honorable Mentions
2015 — Moscow International Foto Awards. First Place – Nature – Trees; Three Honorable Mentions in the Nature and Abstract Categories