Klea McKenna is a landscape photographer, but not a landscape photographer as most people think of it. Her abstract images, which seem pock-marked and scorched, are almost indecipherable until the process behind them is known. By exposing light-sensitive paper to the elements or placing dirt and grass directly onto photographic paper, McKenna lets the landscape come to her.
She is not looking for horizons and vistas to reinforce the familiar. Instead, McKenna embraces the unpredictable. She’ll use handmade cameras, and crumples film and photo paper before exposing it. As such, she rarely “takes” photos, but instead seeks to transform the quotidian into images that are textured, ambiguous and sculptural. The resulting images are time-specific and irreplicable.
“I want to make an imprint of a place — both visual and emotional — rather than just pictures of it,” says McKenna. “I can interact directly with the landscape to reveal something unexpected.”
McKenna grew […]
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