At the Water’s Edge
Selections from the life’s work of photographer Cristina Mittermeier, one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery
The thread of my story, of 20 years of making photographs, has always led me to the water’s edge: the place where the land and we humans meet the ocean. Finding that common thread in my work has been like finding a loose yarn in a sweater: It has allowed me to unravel the mystery of a life’s work with a simple tug. As a scientist, I am motivated by the knowledge that to ignore the health of our planet now and investigate the consequences later is an invitation to disaster. As an artist, however, I want to communicate in an emotional way that humanity is inexorably tied to the fate of nature, much as land is inseparable from water. My own story—as a woman, a Mexican, an environmentalist, a storyteller, a mother—is also etched into my photographs. When I look at my work, I don’t see skin color, age, or gender. All I see are the shared tribulations and worries of a parent, the joy and innocence of a child, the wisdom and compassion of an elder, the common humanity we all share. I see the things we all fear and love and that make us dance, all happening along the water's edge. My camera is an extension of my creative mind, and Sony allows me to translate the world into images that aspire to be ambassadors for the water’s edge.