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© Christine Fitzgerald

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Christine Fitzgerald

Ottawa, Canada

Artist Statement

My series “Trafficked" sheds light on the illegal trade of wildlife. I obtained specimens confiscated by the Wildlife Enforcement Branch of the Canadian government. By portraying the specimens through a series of traditional still life images, I allude to a past when exotic trade was an important part of empire building, linking the subject matter to the a disturbing present reality and viewed through a contemporary lens. What’s at stake is the lost of species and the irreparable disruption of the world’s biodiversity. The imperfections of the 19th century wet collodion photographic process used to create the images allowed me to underscore humanity’s own imperfections and the impermanence of life.

Artist Biography

Christine Fitzgerald is an award-winning fine art photographer from Ottawa, Canada. Christine has always been captivated with nature. Her fascination began in her childhood growing up in a small town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, and has never abated. Much of her work deals with the fragile relationship between humans and nature, and the tension that this relationship inevitably creates. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage large format cameras and lenses, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. Christine has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her work has been showcased around the world including Ottawa, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and London, and has been published by The Washington Post, Black+White Photography Magazine and PhotoEd Magazine.

www.christinefitzgeraldphotography.com

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