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I am a self taught photographer who uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure— to express my unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence.

I make my living teaching English Composition at City College of San Francisco.

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    RC Gold says:

    "Hmmm?...Nate... Well, we quickly became friendly when I started here in 2009. Now that I think about it, he is likely the longest standing friend that I have here.
    It has always been my belief that art succeeds most when it does the job of bridging or sparking personal thought without trying too hard to force the viewer to feel something in particular. Good art shouldn't have to explain itself too much. It should effortlessly facilitate inner thought, feeling and emotion. If art has to tell me what to feel, then it comes across as contrived & artificial.
    It's a rare talent that can facilitate a viewer to be willingly transcended from the page. And so, these images of Nathan are an exercise in lifting my soul and spirit to moments of clarity.

    ...and he's a dude !!"

    September 22nd, 2015

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    James Thornbrook says:

    "Nathan is a gifted and intelligent artist who stands in his own place in the
    world of Black and White photography. His distinctive style is always a feast
    for the eyes. I very rarely write testimonials, but I feel it was important to write
    one here.

    Not only is Nathan a wonderful photographer, he is a good soul, supportive,
    inspiring and honest. Thank you for your friendship over these past years. It
    means lots to me and your unique vision remains to be one of my personal
    favourties. It is no surprise that you have such a dedicated following all over
    the world."

    February 28th, 2012

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    ^soulfly says:

    ""Nathan is one of the best Black and White Photographer in flickr community that I had enjoyed so much looking at his work. And this testimonial has been long overdue for someone whom deserving of such.

    His creative flair is an embodiment of his personality; the genuineness of his character is manifested in all his work with all these sums up to his eye for composition and pure/fantastic talent to capture and deliver exceptional photographs. I do believe that without the eye for composition through the viewfinder; with good skill on the camera, you still do not work out a fantastic art piece.

    In all his work, his desire had conveyed to us the intended message and shared it to everyone. A poet!

    I truly love and admire his work and passion for photographing; and never fails to visit his stream regularly to check if he has any new post and will starts to wonder what he is up to when there is a long silence from him....

    Last and definitely not the least, thank you Nathan, for sharing your amazing talent, and most importantly, your friendship. I am really glad to have met you here at Flickr!

    Blessings to you my dear friend and keep up the good work ! !

    Truly,
    Thomas

    ps: if any chances you guys visit his work, sit back and relax with a brilliant cuppa on hand; have all his work in auto preview, it definately worth your time....seriously!""

    June 5th, 2011

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    ~ superboo ~ [busy busy] says:

    "Nathan is a giant in the world of flickr. His B+W landscapes continually amaze me with their depth of feeling, subtlety in tone and incredible focus in subject. I have personally visited many of the locations Nathan has photographed and have often marveled at his ability to channel the essence of the environment into a single image.

    Nathan's abilities as an artist is well known to many on flickr, as is his generosity and camaraderie. Always quick with a compliment or friendly suggestions of improvement, he is as many of his works of art are ... amazing.

    - Albert Tam"

    April 29th, 2011

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    bandigy-v2.0 says:

    "What a stream!!
    What a guy!!"

    March 10th, 2011

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    Héctor Guerra (working, working...and working.... says:

    "I am the last (for now) to write a testimonial on the work of Nathan, and will not be because I work in a while. He was one of my main inspirations and remains so. His mastery goes beyond that technically, he is a true poet of images. As my teachers taught me, a great talent but a genius is born ....... The virtuosity born of practice, the genius is a gift that some have and develop a few ....

    I invite everyone to observe their work closely. Look at it more than if it were a picture and let your work speak. Learn to listen and discover a wondrous world where darkness and light dialogue in a exquisite way.

    It was always said that photography is a moment stopped, in this case we are facing a frozen feeling that Nathan shows with seemingly effortless ease and that only the genius and virtue have ......

    From my heartfelt admiration .....

    Hector Guerra"

    December 29th, 2010

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    Jeff Vyse says:

    "I think what makes Nathan's work special is his artistic spirit and enthusiasm which shine through. His series of rock seascapes is fabulous, and his enthusiasm for rocks legendary! The rich tones of his finest black and white images are stunning.

    In addition to his obvious photographic talents, Nathan is one of the most generous supporters of his contacts in the flickr community. In the Chasing Shadows group he's responsible for giving those of us who love this style of work a home.

    Cheers Nathan"

    October 11th, 2010

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    Regan Shercliffe says:

    "I am going to add to the chorus by saying that Nathan produces some of the very best images on Flickr, and he is one of the most kind and supportive people I have encountered on this website. On top of his many photographic talents the man can seriously rock a beret......"

    July 9th, 2010

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    Russ Barnes [ www.russbarnes.co.uk ] says:

    "I'm going to keep this simple because there is already a seriously long list of highly talented individuals that have added their words below and frankly it's all been said....

    Simply put, Nathan is a master of producing images which are consistently of the highest quality. I read a piece of advice last year which said words to the effect of "even the best photographers produce average images from time to time but the best photographers never show people their average work, only their best". By this definition alone, Nathan is amongst the best, though in truth I doubt he produces anything which might be described as 'average' regardless, only magic ;)

    Keep up the great work man and thank you for your support..."

    February 4th, 2010

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    Joel Tjintjelaar says:

    "Way overdue but I found it so hard to find the right words that would do justice to Nathan's wonderful work, talent and personality. And I still haven't found them but I'll give it a try:

    I've seldom met anyone else on Flickr who mastered the art of long exposure photography so fast and with such subtlety. Not only does he know when and how to use a long exposure but Nathan also has a great sense for using beautiful dark B&W tones and striking contrasts in his work. But the thing that strikes me the most in his work is his ability to create a magical and mystical mood in his photos. Just take a look at his Point Lobos series, a wonderful and mystical study of rocks and tides that are among the best in this genre. Or take a look at Solar Dreams, that is simply breathtaking and highly original photography and postprocessing.

    But Nathan has more to offer than only great long exposure photos. His use of negative space for example in some of his work has resulted in some of the most striking photos I've ever seen on Flickr. Just take a look at his Negative Space set and you will fall in love with his work. I could go on forever talking about his work but it wouldn't do him justice if I didn't mention Nathan's warm, kind and enthusiastic personality: He's a true Flickr friend who really cares about his contacts and has the ability to motivate them.
    I'm looking forward to see more of Nathan's work, I have this gut feeling that he will produce work that will impress the world of photography one day.

    It's a true honour to know you Nathan,

    - Joel Tjintjelaar"

    December 10th, 2009

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    Nurse Kato says:

    "So this guy Nathan... What can I really say about Nathan?
    Well, if I were a poet I could use his imagery to visually speak my work. If I were a novelist, chapters could be written on his character and art. If I were a public speaker I could masterfully lecture about his skills as a photographer and his creative mind. If I were a neurosurgeon... Well... I don't think I'd risk altering that brain any more than it is.
    I can say that Nathan is a supremely gifted artist and seems to have a wit and fascinating intellect to match. He is a true artist and asset in our Flickr community. His work is beautiful and contemplative.
    Fine art resides in his photostream and behind it a wonderful individual.
    This I am sure of."

    December 8th, 2009

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    Lauren Avery says:

    "When i first joined Flickr, Nathan was one of the great photographers that helped boost my confidence and be a helping hand to improve my photography...
    He has an amazing talent as people can clearly see and he has improved his work along the way as I have too. His work is very poetic with a dreamy feel to it, which is my favorite type of photography.
    Thankyou for the inpirational comments and motivation you have given me.
    -Lauren Avery"

    October 29th, 2009

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    Jerry Ipsen Photography says:

    "If you're looking to view some of the best B&W images anywhere, then I would suggest that you stop by and spend a good hour viewing Nathan's photostream. Without a doubt, Nathan has shot probably the best you will ever find in B&W California seascapes. Although Nathan is one of the best photographers on Flickr he is very humble and has no problem sharing with others just how the shot was made.

    Technically, Nathan is one of the best at utilizing the ND filter and if you're one who enjoys the foamy water shots, you won't be disappointed. Living along the central coast of California has provided Nathan with ample opportunities to wow us with his great shots. Keep a watch on him, he'll be one of the greats!"

    October 18th, 2009

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    Falling Thru The Lens says:

    "Although nlwirth describes himself as new to photography, he has a distinctive style that often combines glowing light with deep darkness to create vivid, memorable images. His photos reveal a special connectedness with the ocean, while also showing his affinity for the wide range of subjects that he photographs successfully. I also admire nlwirth’s ability to put words to images, which has helped me to experience both my and others’ photographs in expanded ways. I always look forward to his new work."

    October 18th, 2009

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    Iain Gilmour Photography says:

    "I don't write many testimonials! There are so many good photographers on flickr it is just so hard to work out where to start. So, why have I chosen to write one about Nathan's work? Quite simply it is his individualistic style. Nathan uses deep dark tones in a way that adds stunning atmosphere, deep mood or isolates a dramatic subject in a manner that I've not seen elsewhere on flickr and to superb effect. That personal style to our work is something many of us strive for - all I can say is to look to Nathan's photography for your inspiration."

    October 3rd, 2009

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    Paulo Lucic* says:

    "Nathan?
    One of the best flickr's treatments..."

    September 26th, 2009

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    IMAGES FROM MAN. says:

    "What can I say about Nathan..... This guy has talent, and a lot of natural talent indeed. He is quite new to photography, but is already a master at it. His images pack so much atmosphere that they jump out of the screen at you ! His comments on other people images are always so constructive and fair. I am sure he is a great inspiration to many.
    His group chasing shadows has quality throughout, and his well worth a visit. Thanks Nathan you are a true flickr cyber friend.
    Ray"

    September 6th, 2009

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    lucidez says:

    "You are one of my favorites, Nathan. In addition to being a great great photographer, you are a wonderful supporter of other people's art. I come back to your photostream again and again and always, another stunning shot awaits me. Thank you."

    August 22nd, 2009

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    TheLastShutter says:

    "Creativity, sensitivity, intensity...You are a very talented photographer...A daily visit...Your seaside pics are so powerfull...Keep inspiring us!!! You are an artist man...
    Benoit alias ADAMSBERG ;-)
    (France)"

    July 27th, 2009

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    earthwaterfireair says:

    "Nathan is a gifted photographer - he is an artist. His work is stunningly beautiful, at times raw and vulnerable, always inspiring and thoughtful. His work in bw and high contrast bw is outstanding and phenomenal. Nathan captures the rawness of nature on the coast in California so well - his shots of waves breaking over rocks, solitary trees in the mist, architecture often evoke awe and wonder in me.
    I also love Nathan's colour images - he uses colour to his advantage and has a gift for knowing what is just the right amount of colour through his choice in subject.
    Nathan is also an incredibly generous spirit and friend - very supportive and encouraging of my work and those of others here on Flickr. His inspired images and support have helped me in my work and I've discovered other wonderful photographers through his work and made other contacts for which I am most grateful.
    I look forward to seeing more awesome images in his growth as a photographer as he's honing his gift and passion for photography. Thank you Nathan for sharing your images and passion for this medium with so many of us - I am honoured to know you and your work."

    July 17th, 2009

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    Jeff King Photography says:

    "Nathan is an artist who happens to take pictures. He paints with pixels, creating unique, inspiring, emotional images. I always look forward to seeing his latest work. Not only does he do exceptional work, he is consistent with providing feedback and encouragement to others. A first-class photographer and person."

    July 1st, 2009

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    hajlana says:

    "I simply love his work!
    Poetic, philosophic, inner thoughts, beauty for life...all this are big elements in his art.
    He is a visual artist with awareness of the good !
    Deep and knows how to bring out feelings fr his beautiful creations.
    I like smiling at many of his charming observations.
    pure love and devotion shows in his excellent images.
    I am happy to be a friend and thx for sharing your work!
    It is pure inspiration for me.
    All the best in your way!
    Hugs fr Helena"

    June 28th, 2009

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    jlaird76 (only dipping in and out at weekends as t says:

    "Nathan is a gifted photographer with a tremendous amount of talent and his portraits are consistently brilliant. I am a huge fan of Nathan's photography and his work is a constant inspiration to me. In his portraits he manages to capture both the soul and the spirit of his subjects and his black and white shots, not to mention his sunsets, are simply breathtaking.

    Keep up the great work Nathan."

    June 14th, 2009

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    MvMiddendorf says:

    "Dear Nathan, thank you so much for your esteeming comments on my flickr pics. But I feel the same of you - your way of taking photos is very sensitive and often a combination of what is really to see and of what is behind the reallity! In other words: some of your works are magic and mysterious.
    Sorry for my bad English, but you will feel what I am unable to say.
    By the way: You live in San Francisco. It is a town I love so much. Have been there 10 years ago and loved it from the very first moment! A great place to live, I think?

    All the best

    Mario (Cologne, Germany)"

    June 11th, 2009

Name:
Nathan Wirth
Joined:
July 2007
Hometown:
San Francisco, CA
Currently:
Known Universe, USA
I am:
Male and Taken
Occupation:
College Composition Teacher
Website:
A Slice of Silence