How to emphasize the moment when an image is simultaneously indistinct and sharp? How to represent the careful balance between natural and social landscapes? As half-remembered memories which might just be half-forgotten dreams, my images explore the uncanny way in which the human mind works. I am fascinated by the way the photographs oscillate between fact and fiction, between past and present, and between reality and myth.
I divide my time between the urban chaos of New York City and the relative rural tranquility of Catskill, New York. These two landscapes – closely interlocked in history, art, memory and transformation – have inspired me to develop the current series, Kaaterskill/Mannahatta. In this project I explore the specific character of each of the two places through its cultural, historical, and personal significance. Originally conceived as two separate projects developed simultaneously, Kaaterskill/Mannahatta documents the relentless transformation of our natural and urban environments. While framing bodily experiences, I subtly adjust the shape of buildings and of the natural landscape to form one larger entity of deliberate balance.
Susan Wides works to reinvent familiar genres in photography. She uses the essence of her equipment – a view camera and lens –to explore perception and camera vision. She exhibits her work regularly at Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. Her work has been featured in fifteen one-person shows and over sixty group exhibitions in the US and Europe. Wides has had solo exhibitions at The Center for Creative Photography, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Art in General, Urbi et Orbi Galerie and PS122. Group shows of her work have appeared in museums including the High Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Municipal Art Society, Guild Hall, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Bronx Museum and New York Public Library. Her work is in the permanent collections of The International Center of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, Norton Museum, The New School and Museum of the City of New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, among others. Texts about her work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum, New York Times, New Yorker, Photography Quarterly, Village Voice and many catalogues. Her work has recently appeared in the anthologies One Man’s Eye and Here is New York. She contributes to magazines such as Harpers, Double Take, Architecture, 2wice, and New York.