Bronze / 2018 / Fine Art / Landscape

States of Grace

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Landscape
  • Company
    Wendi Schneider Fine Art
  • Photographer
    Wendi Schneider

In States of Grace, I seek serenity in ephemeral, organic forms, illuminating glimpses of beauty to silence the chaos. I capture the fleeting movement of light on organic forms that is often overlooked, preserving that mystical moment that stills time for me. Photographing intuitively - what i feel, as much as what i see - and informed by a background in oil painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images with color and texture, to balance the real and the imagined. The images are printed digitally with archival pigment ink on vellum. White gold leaf is applied on verso, creating a luminous surface and suffusing the subjects with the implied spirituality and sanctity of the precious metals. Within the limited edition, the prints may differ in color or texture, and, as the effect of gilding inherently varies, each of the limited edition prints is unique.

Wendi Schneider’s photographs have been exhibited in solo exhibitions, including "Mille Fleur" at A Gallery For Fine Photography and "States of Grace" at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and in more than 70 group exhibits in venues including The Berlin Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, the Center For Fine Art Photography, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, the SE Center For Photography, the Berlin Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, and other galleries and institutions internationally. Her work has been featured in Blur, Lenscratch, Silvershotz, B&W Magazine, and Rfotofolio among others, and has been honored by the International Photography Awards, International Color Awards, Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Pollux Awards, Monochrome Awards, Spider Awards, Neutral Density Awards, PX3 Prix de la Paris Photographie, and the San Diego Natural History Museum Best of Nature Awards.

Her sensual photographs are often recognized for their graceful composition and delicate balance between the real and the imagined. Inspired by the sinuous lines of organic forms, a background in painting and art history and the lush beauty of her southern heritage, she is best known for her gilded vellum photographs of Figura, Flora and Fauna in the "States of Grace" series, as well as her hand-painted photographs, Polaroid transfers, and nearly 100 book cover photographs. A major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine, she also designed and photographed the re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper. After several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she now devotes her time to fine art photography, which she began exploring in the early '80s. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography, New Orleans.