Reality flows in photography show
After years of shooting with traditional film, Bill Kennedy's experiments with digital color photographs are more abstracted and reveal the way color intensifies in the digital process. Kennedy trained his lens on water in Gallinas Canyon in northern New Mexico for this latest series.
In his artist statement for his exhibit at Flatbed Press and Gallery, Kennedy said of the project:
"The black and white images in this exhibition were made over the past 15 years. Two years ago, I began photographing in color with a digital camera. I had been photographing with my view camera, but the film was discontinued, and a way of working was lost (a familiar story for many photographers my age). I intended to convert the digital color images to grayscale and continue as before. It seemed simple enough.
"It didn't work out that way. The new images are radically different. Time interacts with color in digital captures unlike anything I experience with film. Color accumulates and intensifies, infusing everything. Processing the images is like polishing gemstones.
"Though processed in Photoshop, these images are not manipulated beyond the normal options available in the wet darkroom. The color revealed, like shape formed over time, is not imaginary or fabricated; it exists, on the edge of our vision."
Kennedy talks about another side of his work during the lecture "Football Photojournalism" today at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It's part of the High Noon Talks series of discussions about state history.
'Water in Time'
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Aug. 31.
Where: Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
What: Lecture by photojournalist Bill Kennedy; part of High Noon Talks series
When: Noon today
Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue
Information: 936-8746, www.thestory oftexas.com