FEATURED / KERRY MANSFIELD
Art in Store: Kerry Mansfield
Photographer Kerry Mansfield's Grounded series was called a "joy-infused body of work that leaves the viewer soaring." We're pleased to feature works from the series in select stores and online. Mansfield, a San Francisco-based photographer, got her first camera at age 7 but didn't start taking photographs until college. More on her work and inspiration:
Why she's drawn to the ocean
I grew up in New Jersey and we would always go to shore in the summertime. I have always felt the calmest and happiest by the water.
The seashore as sanctuary
I am an atheist and for me nature is the closest thing to religion. I can sit in front of a body of water for hours and I won't move.
I will only go up to my knees in the ocean. I have a really healthy respect and fear for the ocean.
Capturing a feeling
There's something amazing about feeling incredibly small in the face of something incredibly large – a sense of open expansion and quiet and peace.
I didn't want people to have any sense of place. I wanted it to feel timeless. The ultimate summer day that everyone remembers but no one can quite get to.
When I was a kid I was an avid artist and did all the drawing and painting classes. I would spend hours meticulously rendering something in pencil but I couldn't draw from my imagination. The first day I took out a camera, I realized all I ever wanted to do was to recreate what was in front of me. I never picked up a pencil or a paint brush again.
Perfect beach day
It's with my dog and my man, a giant towel and umbrella, and a cooler full of fresh lemonade.