Christy Schnabel Bike Path Book
13 x 11 hardcover
The Bike Path catalogues the users of the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path, attempting to, in the words of Tennessee Williams, "snatch the eternal out of the desperately fleeting." For the two years between September 2017 and September 2019, Christy sat down at various positions along the path, from Temescal Canyon to Venice Beach, and photographed the passers by. Always keeping the distant horizon line fixed, it was a grounding force for the subjects in the photographs and for her. Christy captured thousands of people, treating them with an equal eye and frame, elevating them and recording their details. Every person she rescued from rushing past and disappearing into to the distance, she felt closer to a calling. The breadth of humanity passing by along the path goes mostly unnoticed,; joy, sorrow, determination, wandering, humor, concentration, contemplation... This book captures the series as of 2019.