Bamboo Forest, Shelter Island, 2008/2011
by Bastienne Schmidt
Photograph from Home Stills
Through her own character portrayal as a housewife, Bastienne Schmidt created a series of meditative images titled Home Stills, directly confronting themes of female identity and what it means to be home.
German-born Schmidt has been working in New York for the past twenty years, photographing mainly in the Hamptons near her home. In Bamboo Forest, shot on Long Island’s Shelter Island, she wanders through an almost dreamlike forest, offering up a view of life close to home as fascinating and alienating as anywhere one could imagine. With her back turned, it becomes more than a personal examination as the female figure could represent any woman. “The work deals with layers,” she stated. “It’s about looking through something and not being able to see it clearly…Women have a lot of different angles and complexities to understand.” -ANNALIESE