For some time I have kept my eye on the career of New York-based photographer extraordinaire Cynthia Karalla, a one time collaborator of enfant terrible Andres Serrano. Although her work is deep, dark and usually disturbing, she is a talented artist to be reckoned with. More recently I was in her studio where I uncovered some very beautiful atypical photographs of seashells, and as it’s summer, this is the perfect time to enjoy and bring these to you.
What I love about this particular series of photos is the perspective … it is as if one was crawling through the sand as a teeny tiny playful little hermit crab, making the rounds for dinner and walking, stumbling and running into and around all sorts of shells on the beach. The details are overwhelming, the forms are sinewy and sensual and the point of view mischievously sexy.
She has about 9 photos of shells, my favorite being the one above. The images can be purchased in different sizes. There is an edition of 3 prints (26.1/2 x 40 in. | 101.6 x 67.7 cm.) that costs US$4,200 each; the edition of 5 prints (16 x 24 in. | 61 x 40.6 cm.) costs US$2,800 each; and the edition of 7 prints (9.3 x 14 in. | 35.5 x 23.7 cm.) costs US$1,600 each directly from Cynthia who from 20 August – 18 September, will be participating in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in Australia.
Photo credit: © Cynthia Karalla