Nathan Kensinger

16.11.2012 in03:09 in Documentary -->


Nathan Kensinger  was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores hidden urban landscapes, off-limits structures, and other liminal spaces. His work encompasses film, photography, installation, curation, and writing.

Kensinger’s photographs have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum (NY), the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (NY), and in recent solo shows at the Brooklyn Public Library (NY) and UnionDocs (NY). His films have screened widely at film festivals, including Slamdance, Black Maria, Rooftop Films, SF IndieFest, and the Boston Underground. His photographs and writings have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, New York Magazine, L Magazine, New York Post, New York Daily News, and The Village Voice.

Kensinger received a BA in Documentary Film from Hampshire College in 2001. He has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Hudson River Foundation, and FEAST Brooklyn. He is currently the Director of Programming at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

Creepiness is all around us these days, although what we are about to show you, is not exactly about the coolest Halloween Party in Town. New York photographer Nathan Kensiger went out to Barren Island (aka Dead Horse Bay) to document the the apocalyptic scenario that depicts the beach today immersed in a scary silence that gives you the feeling of the doomsday.

The whole thing began in 1850s when horses were the main source of transportation. After horses and other animals were giving their last breath, their carcasses were still useful for creating glue, fertilizer and other products. After that, the boiled bones were dumped into the bay.

By the 1920s, when horses were no longer the main way of transport, only one rendering plant was still working and huge amounts of sand, garbage and coal were poured into the surrounding waters. Today, what was once the Barren Island is covered with bottles, toys, horse bones, letter shoes, rusty telephones and many pieces of plastic and metal which are continuously leaking into the ocean.