A Crack in the World

PhotographerBarbara Kyne
PrizeNature / Landscape_N
Entry Description

What is the nature of reality? I ask this question as I work through an organic process of discovery with an emphasis on the sentience of all living entities and their oneness in consciousness. I follow my subjects through the cycles of life, death and rebirth, often and surprisingly connecting pathos and joy. The sensory artifacts I make provide a conduit for others to directly experience new perceptions. Though often abstracted, the work seems more real than the actual subject might normally look. It is created digitally to take advantage of immediate feedback and allows me to push past surface appearances and use the optics of the camera to expand vision, showing either less detail where normally expected, or emphasizing the unexpected, underlying or overlooked. Through my photographic practice, I have observed that since human senses perceive reality radically differently and at times with exponentially less sensitivity or intelligence than other biological species, how could we possibly know What is real? Our limited senses and the machines we build to extend them do not equip us to answer that question. We donít know as much about dirt as the grass does, or as much about navigation as the monarch butterfly. We havenít seen past our Universe. But with insights we are discovering through science, and with discipline and attention, we can develop abilities in various practices such as art, meditation, lucid dreaming, etc. and use them to look for clues to the great existential questions which have implications for the future of the Earth itself. What we think of as important, worthy or beautiful can and ought to be shaken up by seeing through the eyes of others. Though many interpretations can be gleaned from the work, creating empathy is a goal -- for ourselves and other sentient beings on the planet.

About Photographer

Barbara Kyne is a nationally exhibited artist. Among the shows she has been in are: The Oakland Museum of Art's, What is Art For?, The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA and The Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA. Barbara's selected bibliography includes The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune and Artweek, for which she also contributed as a writer and photographer. Barbara has taught photography extensively including at City College of San Francisco, and most recently at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. She has also lectured at the Society for Photographic Education. Barbara received her BA in photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, and her MA in Studio Arts from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA Barbara was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States, in 1961.