Karen Landmann


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In December 2000, a sweeping snowstorm hit New York City, my current place of residence. Large flakes were tumbling from the sky at an astounding pace. By noon the streets and sidewalks were lined with snow and it was difficult for traffic to pass. I set out on foot to capture this wonder with my camera. As I traversed the streets of my neighborhood, I found doorways and gates lined with snow. Windows were lined with icicles and snowflakes. I met many people out with everything from snow shovels to toboggans. The atmosphere was calm and festive.
      Walking through Central Park, I came across a small pine forest (The Pinetum). Boughs were bending from the weight of the snow. The sky was a beautiful grayish tone and the sun peeking through the clouds projected its own luminosity. Snowmen lined the paths and dogs rolled in the snow as children engaged in snowball fights. Everyone was filled with wonder. The lake was frozen solid and geese clustered at the edges, marveling in their surroundings.
      Later in the week I took many photos of the surrounding area. I walked down through Riverside Park and took a photo of a tree during a spectacular sunset. The Hudson River was frozen and chunks of ice were floating slowly down towards the ocean. They looked like lunar landing modules, cast in an eerie blue. The George Washington Bridge was clearly visible although the whole mass of water in between was frozen. Lampposts and statues in Central Park were covered in layers of snow and the whole world seemed to be recovering from the onslaught.



Karen Landmann was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. While she lived in a large urban center, she was constantly aware of the large frontier to the north of this metropolis. She lived in Russia in 1989, where she found a culture with a very similar worldview—a conception of giant open northern spaces with seemingly limitless woodlands to the north. She has exhibited at Ward-Nasse Gallery, Manhattan Borough President's Gallery, Arsenal Gallery, West Side Arts Coalition, and Seventh and Second Photo Gallery.