Thea Schrack is a photographer with a penchant for the past. She has traveled through Europe to capture the beauty and mystery of countrysides and castles. Schrack's photographs are decidedly complex images involving countless shapes and textures. There is a Gothic sensibility which permeates her work - in the solitude of the Czech castle ruins, the elongated shadows, moss laden trees, arrested fountains and open gates. Schrack uses the photographic medium to transform, or possibly even romanticize, small vignettes of our world. She aspires to capture the essence of the subject through the balance of the absolute and a dream of bringing it into a new existence.
Light plays an important role in her work. She shoots the same scene throughout the day to capture the different effects. Schrack shoots mostly with a modern Japanese Widelux panorama camera. Her use of infrared film overexposes the lights and intensifies the darks, producing work which embodies her desire for a sense of mystery. Schrack works with a sepia-toned printing process which involves bleaching and toning, further accentuating the lights and darks within the photograph. The ghostly paleness created by the infrared film imparts the atmosphere of a reverie.
Schrack has been a resident of San Francisco for 24 years, where she lives with her husband and 12 year old daughter.