Christine Finkelson

Christine Finkelson
Media : Photography
SDMAAG Member : Artist Member
SDMAAG Member Since : 2013

Artist's Bio

I was raised in New Jersey with New York as my background.  I grew up surrounded by photography.  My grandfather was an avid and keen amateur photographer in the late 30’s till the 70’s, which got my interest started.


In my 20’s, I was trained as a theatre actress, writer and filmmaker first at the Esper Studio and then at the New School for Social Research both in Manhattan.  During this period I always had a camera with me and really started sharpening my eye as a photographer.  I moved to New York in 1994 to continue my career as an actress.  But by 1999, I found that I was falling in love with photography and started seriously studying the craft at the International Center for Photography in N.Y.  trading in footlights for strobe lights.  It started with black and white film – shooting, developing and printing; then color film and printing.  My husband bought me a Nikon digital camera for a Christmas present and that started my passion for digital photography and archival ink jet printing.  I will always continue studying different aspects and techniques of photography in the hope to incorporate them all into my work.  My inspirations come from all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers of old and new.

Artist's Statement

Lately, I’ve been looking at the beauty of weathered materials and the process of decay.  I’m also looking at the textures of surfaces and how one responds to them in a visceral way.

For ‘Hidden Messages’ I spent the summer photographing the old utility poles on a barrier
island that have been left with mysterious numbers, letter, sculptural forms and symbols that suggested a hidden narrative between man and environment.  I’ve explored this theme
before in ‘Staple Walls’.

The "Consumption" pieces were taken on a polluted beach.  I wanted to try and make something interesting or beautiful out of this travesty.  I kept seeing the bits of colored garbage as abstract paintings.  I desaturated all the natural elements and left the color of the man made debris.

The "Hobart Collages" were realized when I saw a column that was used for posting notices.  The colors and textures made for serendipitous collages through the lens.

The "Swan" series is about a quiet meditation of the beauty and grace of the swan.

I like to find the beauty in the ordinary perhaps getting so close that one cannot help to be
drawn into the piece and let the imagination  take over.  It’s somewhat meditative and subjective.  It’s what I think art should be or