Robin Germany, “Gavelston: Fishing Lure”, 2011, inkjet on paper, 40 x 33″

Robin Germany

In our mythologies, the ocean is an angry, tempestuous, and terrifying force that seeks to frighten and destroy. The rivers are dangerous byways lined with twisted traps. From ancient seamen’s stories to the Loch Ness monster to the movie “Jaws,” we imbue our waters with cranky and malicious personalities. Through this photographic series, I seek to open a conversation about these biosystems that are our neighbors. We live near the border of rivers, lakes and seas yet we have only a general knowledge of their culture, language and inhabitants. When I slip my camera under the water I am amazed by its quiet life. This unknown world is full of creatures, seen and unseen, engaging in processes that I scarcely understand. Each time I step through the thin line that divides us, I become more aware of its delicate but impenetrable barrier. As long as the mirror of the surface hides the underwater world, I can easily embellish, romanticize and exaggerate its inhabitants. When I actually look underneath, I can see that the water is simply another system next to ours, with cycles and relationships that are intricate and fascinating.

Robin Germany first began experimenting with photography in the green half bath behind the laundry room. Her father taught her how to develop film and her mother reminded her that film is cheap. She studied philosophy as an undergraduate and subsequently earned an MFA in photography. Currently, Germany is an Associate Professor of Photography at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She has received numerous grants & awards for her work including a Polaroid Artist’s Award and a regional NEA grant. Collections include: Center for Creative Photography, Polaroid, and numerous private collections. Her photographic work is an inquiry into the nature of being human and her endless attempts to comprehend the world around her.