Many of Christina Fritsch's most striking photographs are those treating themes of decay and transformation in the natural world. Working in both color and black and white, she seeks out overlooked aspects of the landscape; the crowded regeneration of the forest floor, the writhing undersides of felled trees, the play of light on the surface of a secluded brook. Often taken on rough and unsteady terrain, these pictures are all the more remarkable for the fact that most are hand-held exposures. In the darkroom, Fritsch generally eschews cropping and doctoring, preferring what she has called the "unclothed moment" of a full frame.
Starting in 1990, Fritsch has devoted prodigious creative energy to recording the landscape on and about the Wonalancet River, a small mountain waterway in Tamworth, NH that descends from Mt. Chocorua. Unlike so many landscape photographs which proceed from an expansive overview of the subject similar to that of an "omniscient narrator" in a text, these compositions possess an unusual sense of still, intimate enclosure. Fritsch herself likes to refer to them as, "rooms out of doors," explaining, "I've walked the length of this river more times than I can count. Now, rather than thinking of it as a simple line from point A to point B, I see it as a sequence of linked chambers, each with its own moods, inhabitants and features to be explored."
Fritsch prefers shooting early in the day, often in wet weather, and the resulting dense, crepuscular color saturation adds to her already ambiguous and discursive approach to what is normally a prosaic, representational idiom. Boston Herald critic Mary Sherman underlined this quality in a recent review, stating of the Wonalancet images, "These lushly colored close-ups of landscapes are stunning portrayals of texture pushed to almost abstract extremes." More recently, Fritsch has turned her attention to the creation of striking, large-scale images illustrating the conflict/interaction between the built and natural environments as observed in parks and streetscapes in and around the city of Boston.
Fritsch’s work has been widely exhibited and collected. She is currently represented by the Genovese/Sullivan Gallery, Boston MA.