just Breathe

The photographs in Alterwitz's series JUST BREATHE capture a 30-second span of human life by photographically documenting the process of breathing. Through her camera's lens, scientific and emotional narratives are recorded, an then woven together to represent a reflection of human identity.


Linda Alterwitz documents breath, prana, our life-force. Her on-going series, JUST BREATHE, is a collection of self portraits, a document of a particular individual's shared existence. participants lie down outside, rest cameras on their diaphragms, and breathe. Alterwitz assists in photographically capturing a 30-second span of their breath cycles while the cameras and their visions are pointing skyward.. The outcome is a photograph documenting the physicality and essence of each participant as well as their common connection to the infinite. Collaborating in the process with air, light, seasons, skyscapes and stars, each participant creates an ethereal self-portrait. Compiled in a grid pattern, the installation offers and incomparable celestial landscape. 

Mid-career retrospective, STEAM exhibition at THE STUDIO, Las Vegas, NV, 2015

Mid-career retrospective, STEAM exhibition at THE STUDIO, Las Vegas, NV, 2015