Smart phone cameras brought a flood of fun, quirky or happy memory images that anyone can easily capture. That's great!
But I see things differently. I invite viewers to join in the enduring beauty of things that are hard to see - things that enunciate only in certain light, entice with their design and intrigue with pattern. I make difficult photographs of wildflowers, special lightings, fleeting instants, and tiny things.
In my prior scientific career, my goal was to help data researchers visualize patterns that they had never seen before. My goal in photography is similar - to see things in new perspectives.
Many of my images are of tiny wildflowers on the Colorado Plateau. Whether you are red, blue or green; Muslim, Christian or Hindu; soldier, scientist, artist or athlete, you appreciate the beauty, dignity and grace of wildflowers.
These wildflower photos are a meditation on what we all share –a bond that is an essence of our common humanity.
A small wildflower is difficult to photograph artfully. They move in the wind; they hide in the grasses; they twist in the sun; and if cut, can show wilt in seconds. A wildflower is very alive, active and wild - unlike a preservative filled commercial bouquet positioned stoically on your kitchen table. In the best of circumstances, one wildflower image in 100 will be presentable. My goal is not to document a botanical specimen nor to demonstrate my expertise with an exotic camera or an image processing manipulation. Rather, it is to honor the grace and dignity of that small and insignificant individual in the variegated world of wildflowers.
ABOUT THE ARTIST Kevin B. Pratt's photographic work is in the permanent collection at Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado and has been shown in galleries in Flagstaff, Tucson and Albuquerque. He has spoken on imaging techniques in Australia, Canada and the US. Kevin has been taking art and photography classes on-and-off since grade school. He began taking photos seriously when high resolution digital photography became available. He currently uses a Sony A6300 camera.
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