Robin V. Robinson

sardine cloud I

“Sardine Cloud I “ – gelatin silver print – Robin V. Robinson

Robin V. Robinson explores mystery and metaphors found in all forms of life, but focuses especially on the ocean and its myriad of complexities. She is fascinated with the idea of seeing but not knowing and the feelings which result when looking at something impossible to comprehend – when one’s mind fills in the blanks with blind reasoning and unconscious associations. 

Robinson embraces the element of chance in creating images in her darkroom. “My time in the darkroom is full of ‘what-ifs.’ I use the experimental nature of chemistry to explore pathways which are magical, alchemical in feeling, transformational in the end. This type of play and chance are what I love about the analog photography process, not to mention a satisfying original print.”

Mentors have played the most important role in Robinson’s artistic development. She has studied, lived and worked with West Coast photographers on the Monterey Peninsula and in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. Her studies of engineering, music, and depth psychology contribute profoundly to her art. 

Robinson’s work has been shown in community venues and art galleries internationally, in corporate spaces, private collections and museums. She has received top awards in photographic competitions and her work is in the permanent collection of the Monterey Museum of Art, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and The Mariners’ Museum in Virginia.