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Ginny Felch / Photography/Printmaking / Stinson Beach
Phone: 415 868-2040



"What motivates me always is the moody and sculptural effect of natural light on a myriad of subjects, creating a sense of place or feeling of timelessness."

Over the last few years I have been photographing gesture studies on the beach. As a contrast to the more intimate portraits I am known for, this is a way of observing from afar and not interfering with the natural, lyrical and often graceful movements of play and leisure, and contemplation.

Having spent a great deal of time at the beach, I have started to see this landscape as a canvas which appears to be erased daily by the incoming and outgoing tides. Yet the memories and evidence remain.

My own sense of history and mystery has been enhanced by the genealogy I have been studying of my family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I feel aided and urged on by my ancestral guides.

At the same time, I have been collecting images of textures and patterns that attract me for one reason or another. It might be a blowing curtain, a copper patina, an old wall. I combine them intuitively with the beach gesture studies.

The process of photomontage has been in existence since the early 1800’s. Photographers have used multiple negatives and other media to layer a composition. Today, I utilize a method using new digital technology to essentially “marry” a number of images, resulting in my more contemporary, layered photomontage. I feel that this process adds deeply to the mystery and sense of memory that I witness daily .

Ginny Felch


Adagio, inquire, 2005


Footprints, inquire, 2006