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Man on Cliff


Growing up I was fortunate to spend part of every summer fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding in the mountains. Now, as an adult living in a major metropolitan city it’s a rare treat for me to escape the incessant hum of white noise and endless concrete. Recently, I found myself in a very dark space but there was one perfect organic place that I could retreat to as an antidote. “Grounded” explores that impulse to escape both physically and mentally from the gray and deafening confines of the city with a camera in tow. As I began to revisit the way in which we inhabit the space at the boundaries of land, sea and sky I kept returning to certain images that felt like a balance between the unease and the peace I felt during the hours I spent at the edge of the ocean. The figures in these compositions represent less the individuals in the pictures but an unexplained attraction to the edges of our environment. We all seem drawn to the seashore, the crest of a tall hill, or even the sky, dangerously out of reach. When I find myself in these places, a sense of my own small place within the environment could easily elicit a sense of fear and unease, yet, inexplicably I find a peace not often found in the places over which I control.


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.