Our soul is given its shape through images Christine Downing
I am primarily a self-taught fine art photographer based in Carson City, Nevada. My work evolved from my study of Polaroid image and emulsion transfers, including the SX-70 manipulations, ergo, my need to convey a painterly approach.
Creativity was and is the only way home. My work represents my belief in creativity as a vehicle for "acknowledging the psyche". I have always focused on invoking the inner landscapes of the soul, mystical, ethereal, contemplative and transcendent.
I have dedicated this website to the realities and beauty of the feminine and the iconic Wild Mustangs of the West.
The wild horse with its indomitable spirit and the feminine rooted in Mother Nature are being deprived of their essence of freedom and dignity that they so rightfully deserve.
The survival of wild mustangs in the United States is very much in danger. Special interest groups are responsible for this injustice. My hope is that these images always convey the soulful beauty and magnificent spirit of wild horses and make others aware of what we are losing as each individual horse is taken away.
The feminine being is also deprived of her being. The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive and ignored violation of basic human rights.
As a result, working with the feminine and the wild horse is a soulful and spiritual experience. These two contrasting and similar beings seem to haunt the inner recesses of my soul.
My work leads me to myself, to a resolution of pathos via images.
"The girl and the woman, in their new, their own unfolding, will but in passing be imitators of masculine ways, good and bad, and repeaters of masculine professions. After the uncertainty of such transition it will become apparent that women were only going through the profusion and the vicissitude of those (often ridiculous) disguises in order to cleanse their most characteristic nature of the distorting influences of the other sex...
This humanity of woman, borne its full time in suffering and humiliation, will come to light when she will have stripped off the conventions of mere femininity in the mutations of her outward status...
Some day there will be girls and women whose name will no longer signify merely an opposite of the masculine, but something in itself, something that makes one think, not of any complement and limit, but only of life and existence: the feminine human being.- Rainer Maria Rilke
Photo by Daryl Black