Saturday, September 6, 2008

Michael Kenna

I tend to be very reluctant about landscape photography. In fact, if I think about it, the subjects of photography are always bland in concept: "Portraits." "Landscapes." "Flowers." "Nudes." Whatever.

So it goes, of course, that the real challenge is making a subject interesting using the camera alone. Michael Kenna does this with landscapes, and it's even more amazing because he does it with black and white landscapes.

Kenna returns to similar motiffs over a span of decades, saying he likes that work he made in 1975 can sit next to work he made in 2005. He also keeps them at a size of 8" by 8", small enough to stay small.


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Aiona said...

Wow, I have stared at that second picture for a while now, and I still, can't figure out what it is. It looks like a seawall, but then what is that in the foreground?!?!