Happy New Year, dear friends! It’s 2019 and I’ve got some exciting news to share! As you have already read in my title above, I am debuting my solo exhibit this month and I couldn’t be happier. Nineteen of my photographs will be on display from January 11th – April 11th at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center, in San Ramon, CA. My exhibit is being presented by the fabulous Slate Contemporary Art Gallery in Oakland, CA.
Please forgive me for using my blog to market my exhibit, but well, it’s a photographer’s prerogative! Having a solo exhibition gives one a prideful pause to reflect on the building of a business and where it has taken me thus far. I will celebrate six years since I created “Kerry Joy McGehee Fine Art Nature Photography” next month (February) and it’s been a wonderful journey! The curator of my exhibit has chosen images from various subjects in this artist’s timeline, including the beautiful California landscape, and also my macro work and I couldn’t be more delighted at her selections! She has even selected a couple of my infrared images and that is also very exciting! I love infrared and I truly feel it deserves more press! Yes, the exhibit is a lovely representation of my work as a fine art photographer. If you are out of the area and are unable to attend the exhibit in person, here are a few snap shots. You can also view the exhibit online at Slateart.net.
You may ask this photographer, “now that you’ve had your own solo exhibit, what’s next?”. Well, I have a few things up my sleeve and I’m hoping to embark on them very soon! Artist’s are always evolving or should be and I am no exception! I’ve dabbled in many areas of photography since I went pro in 2013. Macro photography is still my 1st love, but shooting the California landscape is a labor of love, as well. I’ve been blessed with awards and publications, as well as an impressive following on social media, including my Instagram account. My images have been collected by businesses and private homes in this country, as well as in Australia, England, Italy, and Japan. Such a blessing! Especially, when one considers how insanely competitive the world of photography has become since digital arrived. Crazy!
It’s very easy to get caught up in the hoopla of those things mentioned above. Luckily for me, I keep my eye on nature. Recently though, I was asked to photograph my grandson and since I do not normally photograph people, I was honored to be asked and had a lot of fun taking pictures of little Jack. He is a natural in front of the camera! My photos of Jack were published in my step-son and daughter-in-law’s Christmas cards this past December and were very well-received, leading many to ask if I would start photographing portraits. My answer is what it has always been from the beginning – “no thank you”. My first recollection of picking up a camera involved landscape and nature photography, not people. That is what moves me. I only shoot what moves me. I assume that’s the case for all pro photographers. It certainly should be. Passion comes through in one’s work. At least, I hope it does in mine! The celebrated photographer, David Alan Harvey, once said “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like”. That’s passion. I loved photographing Jack because I am very passionate about my grandson…and a few other people 😉
So, it’s a new year, and yet, I am editing using an old technique – infrared! My first edited image of the year is a photo I took last month of a foggy scene with a hauntingly beautiful Willow tree. I decided to use an infrared filter on the image. I was inspired by my own IR images! Sounds funny, but it’s true! I was looking at the two black and white infrared images in my solo exhibit and that inspired me to return to that process. What do you think of the finished product?
2019; is everything that was old new again, as my infrared image portrays? Perhaps. As I said earlier in this post, I have several things up my creative sleeve for this new year and I’m looking forward to meeting those goals head on! How about all of YOU? What creative goals have you set for yourselves in this new year? I’d love to hear about it! Please feel free to share and comment under this post. In my next post, I hope to share with you at least one of my new ideas, so please stay tuned…