Inside this issue
Charlotte Gibb is an award-winning landscape photographer based in Northern California with an eye for the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of the natural world. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, writes and publishes on the subject of photography, and serves as a judge for an international photography competition. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout California.
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
An emotional connection to the subject matter is crucial to creating meaningful imagery
Charlotte Gibb’s home gives her access to areas that many dream of, including some of America’s most iconic National Parks (Yosemite, Death Valley, Redwood) as well as Big Sur and the Sierra Nevada. You will find classic views of these on her website, but she is drawn more to making her own observations of the places which she holds dearest to her heart and which she has developed close relationships with.
Your parents instilled a love of nature in you from your earliest days?
Yes, indeed! My father was an avid outdoorsman and mountain climber. He died in a climbing accident when I was four years old, but mom kept up the family tradition of camping, hiking, and exploring nature. When I was a kid, we had a great oak forest behind our home, and I spent my days exploring its secrets. As I grew older, I became especially fascinated with mountains. I always felt closer to my father when I was in the mountains as if our shared passion could connect me with the father I could barely remember.
You came back to photography by a circuitous route that has involved journalism, art school, a graphic design business and, of course, family life?
Photography has woven in and out of my life over the years. First, as a journalism student, then as an art student, an art director, and as a mother preserving family memories.