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Retracing Audubon: Contemporary Views Slide Talk at photo-eye


Wednesday, November 20th at 6pm



SANTA FE, NM – photo-eye is pleased to announce that photographer Krista Elrick will give a slide talk about Retracing Audubon, a project that is reexamining John James Audubon’s epic journey.  Inspired by his pre-civil war writings, Elrick’s landscapes document the eco-systems described in The Birds of America. 



While the name of Audubon is familiar and the images he created are ever popular; his eloquent writings are less well known. This project pairs contemporary photographs of the American landscapes in which he traveled, with his written impressions of those still wild habitats, bringing together his century with ours. Retracing Audubon: Contemporary Views is currently on exhibit until October 20, 2013 at John James Audubon Museum in Henderson Kentucky.  It will then travel to the University of Southern Indiana, Laurence Library.



In this slide talk, Audubon’s story is told while the changes in our native land are revealed. The alternative path of his life’s journey is reflected in his essays, revealing an inspirational American story of self-discovery through failures. Yet in holding a singular vision, a great accomplishment in the publishing of the Birds of America emerged, in spite of daunting disappointments.



With Audubon’s Episodes and Biographies as her guide, Krista Elrick’s landscapes begin in Pennsylvania and follow the watershed to the Confluence.  Many of the known landmarks along Ohio and Mississippi Rivers where he hunted, wrote, observed and painted birds.  After years of careful research, her black and white photographs are filled with reflective content that captures the state of our times in the footsteps of Audubon. From the bluffs of Cincinnati on September 23, 2010, her silver gelatin collage is witness to the season when Audubon began his historic float on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers into New Orleans, in 1820.  Her photo collages that were made along the Natchez Trace Trail are influenced by The Runaways. The episode when Audubon reminisces about cotton forests, freedom and walking.  In 2012 Elrick photographed the Three Buttes Ranch of Montana.  Here cattle and natural gas rigs are rooted where Audubon camped to hunt bison and bear. Such are the unexpected and ironic changes that have occurred in the landscape he so lovingly described and depicted long ago.



Support for the project comes from the Puffin Foundation LTD, USA Projects, New Mexico Arts, Artists to Artists and many individual donors.






Melanie McWhorter


Photo-Eye Book Division Manager


505.988.5152 ext. 112



Krista Elrick




The Big Picture, Audubon Magazine First-Ever Photo Awards announces its Top 100 winners out of 16,000 photos. 

My Raven image wins national recognition! 

Birds may surround us all the time and still pass largely unnoticed; it is the photographer’s gift to isolate that moment, to capture that pose or action or scene that we have missed. The artist with a camera creates an instant of heightened reality, making us pause to see what is really there. The winning images showcase bird photography at its very best, inspiring us to go out and see the birds for can give us the 'what' and 'how' of bird conservation, but such artistry give us a resounding series of answers to the question of 'why.'

(Kenn Kaufman, Audubon field editor. 2009)

Click here to see more of my photographs published in Audubon Magazine

My photographs are in two new publications and exhibitions! 

Grasslands/Separating Species  exhibition and catalog with LAND/ART  New Mexico516Arts  and  Radius Press.  With essays by William DeBuys, Rebecca Solnit and Mary Anne Redding. Photographs by Krista Elrick, Michael P. Berman, Dana Fritz, David Taylor and Jo Whaley. 

The award winning pubication, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe celebrates the photographic history of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Edited by Krista Elrick and Mary Anne Redding, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009. 

Flying Souls print sales are donated to land conservation projects! 


"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul"
Emily Dickinson


During my recovery from cancer I photographed Sandhill Cranes.  They seemed fearless in take-off and flight even when powerful winds threatened. As I spent time with these birds, I began dreaming of flight.  In them I was free from the gravity that binds my feet to the ground. The mysterious feeling of floating above the trees and clouds helped me realized I wanted to learn more about birds and their patterns and went on to devote time with them—always with my cameras. As health returned to me, the trauma and fear associated with cancer, receded, and in their place my series of images of birds, Flying Souls, was born.

I have been drawn to migratory species.  There are the crossings of continents, the flockings, and seasons of isolation, all revealing behaviors so akin to our own. Life in the air has its complexities!  While we associate a bird’s flight with our own freedom, we know only too well the vulnerability involved.  In this body of work, I intend to appeal to the sense of chance. Flying Souls is meant to be felt, to be viewed on the intuitive level as it was created in this spirit.

Flying Souls portfolio is dedicated to Nancy White from Seattle.
With her strength and humor she taught me to live life to the fullest. 
I know her soul is flying above us with glee.

The photographs in Flying Souls begin in my Diana and Hasselblad cameras.  Negatives are processed, scanned and edited in my studio. 
Images are printed on Hahnemühle photo rag paper with archival pigment inks.

I believe in giving back to the communities where I photograph.
With every print sale, I donate funds to wetland conservation for migratory birds