Clockwise from upper left: I’m Not Doing What I Think I’m Doing, the Garden, the Volcano in the Back Yard, Traces, Monolith, Glacier I (rephotographed), and Husk.

L. Mahadevan, Ph.D. explains the complex relationship between form and function in nature, especially the underlying geometry present in many biological structures and processes. Many scientific disciplines use the art of folding, or origami, to represent this relationship, with numerous applications from the unfurling of a leaf to the micro-structure of DNA.

These photographic constructions mimic natural forms and observed plant growth patterns.


the CITY & the CITY

The city, however, does not tell its past,
but contains it like the lines of a hand.

-Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

2050, future tax lots, India Basin.

Handmade Artist’s Book, Installation

An 1868 map shows a submerged grid of streets and tax lots (still extant and taxed) across open water. Early on San Francisco planned to fill the shoreline and much of the Bay, but was stopped by activism in the 1960s. The parcel labelled “Established” on the map is the last area filled in 1971.

“Inexorable”, Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibition
Photography: Drew Altizer, 2014

Sea level rise threatens coastal cities, yet development goes on despite accelerating projections. In San Francisco, new cities rise on the former Navy Shipyards of Hunter's Point and the wetlands of India Basin, the City’s last undeveloped area.

“Invisible City” came out of a project documenting the impending development of India Basin in northeast San Francisco. Through photography, writing and research I developed a plan that directly addresses future sea level rise by imagining a proto-city beneath the waves.



Artist/writer Judith James explores the space race using NASA/JPL and historical sources interwoven with her own photographic constructions. Through the lens of climate change, science fiction, and the latest space technology, she proposes an imaginative response to the tension between our age-old yearning for the stars and our neglect of the earth.

Publishing Date: 2021
Coming Soon
Judith James is an artist working with photographs. 

Her photographic work has appeared in juried shows at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera gallery and in group shows at Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA.

She completed an MFA in Film & TV Production at USC film school. Previously she was a principal at edgeX studio, a multimedia and web design partnership affiliated with the Bakery, a Los Angeles post-production studio.

contact: jujyja@gmail.com

All images ©2014 — 2019, Judith James. All rights reserved.