Since the photographers featured in the Local Photographer Showcases in each city are supremely talented and excited about reaching new audiences with their work, we will be regularly featuring them to give you more insight into their work and their experience Crusading. Next up is Jennifer Georgescu from the SF Crusade pop-up:

Tell us a little about your background as a photographer and where you are now with your work.

I grew up in a very artistic family, and I have always known that that was also the path that I would take for my life.  My father is a well-known folk artist and my mother is a painter and so I started painting at a very early age and was really into oils.  At the age of 13, my parents enrolled me in an art high school in Chattanooga, TN where I was first introduced to the medium of photography.   My love of painting and photography quickly became intertwined, and I began searching for ways to combine them.

I painted from my photographs for a number of years until I was introduced to Photoshop: it blew my mind.  Photoshop was the answer for what I was searching for; a way to paint with photographs.  I never used oil paint again. My work is influenced by artists such as Sandy Skoglund, Duane Michals, and the ParkeHarrison’s who all look at art making as a conceptualized production rather that an instant captured.   In my work I utilize medium format film, sets, sculpture, studio lighting, and digital technology to create purely pre-conceived, pre-visualized images.

How did you hear about the Crusade, and what were your initial impressions?

I had been following the Jennifer Schwartz Gallery for the past year and saw the Crusade for Art as a great opportunity to get to meet Jennifer and do something new and different in my own community.  I expected that people would be standoffish when approached on the streets and certainly wasn’t expecting any “heavy” conversation about my art.  I was mainly excited to network a bit with the other four artists chosen to participate in the event.

How did the event go for you?  Was it like you expected or different?  Better or worse?

I was pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastic people were when I approached them and how open they were to receiving my explanation and thought process for creating “Sand, Stone, Dead Leaves & Bone.”   It was also a fantastic feeling to be able to approach random people in the street and have them really respond to what I’m doing.  I had 30 people sign up for my newsletter, people were trying to buy my book (I only brought one!), and best of all I made contact with people I hope to encountered again.

What do you hope will come out of the experience for you - personally and professionally?  Do you think those are realistic expectations?

I am uncertain if this crusade will result in any major sales or gallery exhibitions, but it did result in my having access to the most unexpected of audiences.  It was a great experience just to have had conversations with people about my art and make some friends that I otherwise would have just passed by in the street.  This was a really engaging project for the community, a new experience for me as well, and I would definitely wish to participate in something like this again.

Tell us about the image you gave away at the event and how to see more of your work.

The image I chose to give away was from my new body of work:

“Sand, Stone, Dead Leaves & Bone”:

It seems that while that we can recognize that we are a part of nature, there is evidence of a disconnect taking place.  We have no solid definition of what it is that we claim to be a part of, and rationality is privileged over wildness and chaos.   We set aside small areas of land for enjoyment, we pay to see caged animals; we want to “dabble” in nature so that we can feel closer to it.  “Sand, Stones, Dead Leaves & Bone” examines our relationship to nature and the anxiety that comes from our lack of contact with it.

Presented in this project are slightly unsettling images of humans being engulfed by nature and vice versa; attractive and repulsive in their approach.  This dualism suggests that perhaps we fear nature might win if we don’t dominate it, while at the same time alluding to the acceptance of not being in control. Through the use of medium format film photography, installation, and digital technology, I explore “backyard” suburban nature and the integration of the physical and mental self into its surroundings.

You can see more of my work at

Http://www.jengeorgescu.com and

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