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No. 63


When I first encountered what I now call, a Borderline image, I wasn’t sure if the resulting negative would tell the same story as my eyes. My camera responded with a defiant “Yes!” when contact sheets revealed an entirely new world. I have been working on the series ever since then by using the windows of my chosen home as a refractory device to merge the interior and exterior space onto one like plane. The process involves shooting and printing only one negative. There are no double exposures or digital manipulation of any kind. I have found the “analog” quality of this project to be essential to its creation. I never set-up or adjust the circumstances that produce the images, I simply hunt them down and capture them.

Throughout this exploration I have found an often-harmonious union between man and nature. Mirrored, reflected and superimposed, the elements became interchangeable. The sky became ceilings. Trees became walls. Ground became floor. Air became windows. In the resulting photographs, the windows themselves vanish entirely while the outside pours inside and vice versa. Once a structure is built, we then believe ourselves separate or “safe” from the so-called chaotic influences of the natural world. What I have found is that, in many respects, what we really believe is an illusion of separateness. And we’ve chosen this as our reality.

There is a place in between the hard lines of walls, ceilings and furniture and the botanical design that envelops the outside world where a seamless merge occurs and creates a third reality. One can no longer distinguish whether the wall in the image is concrete or if it merely floats through as apparition of itself in reflection. The union of these real and reflected images doesn’t seek to define themselves and separate from each other. Nor do they seek to meld the two into one. They seek to explore the fine line in between - they simply exist, squarely on The Borderline.


Kerry Mansfield is a San Francisco based photographer whose work explores time and how it effects our perceptions of what we see. Born in New Jersey in 1974, Kerry graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from UC Berkeley and did further studies at CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sense of space and architecture.

Her work has been exhibited globally and garnered numerous honors including LensCulture’s Single Image Award, multiple World Photography Organization and IPA Awards, and as a Critical Mass Finalist for three straight years. A host of press and publications, ranging from the PDN Photo Annual to the New York Times LensBlog, have featured several of her bodies of work, including the most recent Expired series.

Kerry’s Expired solo exhibition at Corden Potts Gallery was well received and will be followed by an Expired monograph published in late 2016 accompanied by solo exhibitions in several major U.S. Cities. Currently her Grounded series can be viewed at the S.F. International Airport Museum through December of 2016.