Cira Crowell (M.A. SCAD) is a photographer and artist whose work spans conceptual fine art, adventure, landscape, cultural studies, documentary and humanitarian themes. Her passion for black and white photography began twenty-five years ago with her grandfather’s Leicaflex SL2 film camera and she still uses many of the same forty-year-old lenses in her digital current work.
Cira’s highly refined conceptual aesthetic transcends the boundaries between inner vision and the visible world. Detailed illustrations of inner light are the core of Crowell’s work and provide inspiration for her 3D motion graphic animations. Projecting illustrations brings them into the visible world in the form of minimalist “lumenography” in the studio and lush “lumengrafitti” on the streets from Iceland to India.
Cira travels the world capturing evocative incidents of life and light to share in books, shows, talks and online. She has trekked over 800 miles in the Himalayas from 8,000 to 18,000 feet (800 km from 2,500-5,500m). Her journeys include Nepal, Bhutan, India, Japan, Germany, and Iceland.
Recent shows combining Cira’s photography, new media drawings, and projected animations include “Luminous Everest” for Mountainfilm Savannah on Tour, “InLight” at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica and “Envisioning Ecstasy” at Tibet House: US, New York and “Broad Strokes” at Leica Gallery LA. Her books, Beautiful Resilience: The Enduring Spirit of Upper Gorkha Nepal, Envisioning Ecstasy, and 108 Visions: Ladakh During the Kalachakra have been used to raise awareness, supporting a number of humanitarian projects including Nomads Clinic and Tibet House US and Little Suns.
Cira lives and creates in Los Angeles, Santa Fe and beyond.