Artist Statement – Bridges Portfolio


The motivation in producing my “Bridges’ portfolio, at essence, comes from my love for the beauty and harmony in nature. Just as my attraction to engineering came from a deep appreciation of solving human problems with natural designs, capturing engineering elegance on film completes a cycle for this passion for ordinary miracles. Only in retrospect could I realize my initial interest in engineering came from this same devotion.

Of course, then, my path to this project was direct and purposeful as a means to depict engineering marvels that utilize nature’s wisdom. I am fascinated with how the beauty, efficiency and simplicity found in nature such of the spider web or conch shell inspires technological design and innovation. It is truly awe inspiring when humans cleverly adapt what is already there.

The photographic precision is important in doing justice and giving voice to this creative genius. Like with any work of art, I try to capture the attention of the viewer for a prolonged momentary ‘ah ha’ revelation of their own. Reflecting innate power and splendour for others to experience builds cultural appreciation for art, science, and the environment.

As all scientific discovery begins with the spark of original insight, my creative process is really a non-method methodology or quite rightly an effortless effort. Certain of what I love and want, I cannot be so arrogant to think I can just take it. Trusting all my experiences and learning, I attempt to surrender any linear thought, relax into the spaciousness of pure awareness, and like any artistic experience, letting it come by letting go.

Without pre-existing formula, I wait for a spontaneous feel or vision, a humble but certain atmosphere of rightness, of gratitude for the opportunity to eavesdrop on live art. Inevitably, I surprise myself only later upon reviewing the catch to find my ‘wow’ shot.

                                                                                Sharon Tenenbaum

                                                                                                       Vancouver, Canada