Short Depth of Field (DOF) images taken on our kitchen table or nearby shelves using window light, Mamiya C330, Kodak Tmax100
A selection of these images featured on the Cover and in Issue 2 of BETA online photography magazine
Six of these images formed a folio of work that won the Silver Award for Contemporary Photographic Art at the 2013 SA AIPP Awards
The same folio placed me as joint Runner Up in the SA Contemporary Photographic Artist of the Year, 2013 SA AIPP Awards
Two of these images won Silver Awards in the Illustrative section of the 2013 SA AIPP Awards
The full series, as it stood, featured in Issue #27 of F11 Magazine
I’m fascinated by images where the smallest fragment of what we see falls into focus from within the confines of an all-encompassing sea of blur. This is not something witnessed by the naked eye – one needs the quirks and aberrations of a fully open lens, where a selective focus and diffused natural light are seamlessly blended with long exposures. Through this process, simple objects are transformed and revived - they are given new life.
This is the heart of my kitchen table photography, where I take the sheen of an old wooden table and place upon it old collected treasures that have been hidden in boxes, waiting to be rediscovered. In an attempt to create a unique mood and ambience, I bring these elements together with subdued light from sash windows, and then photograph them with a fifty-year-old medium format camera. These photographs were taken over a two-year period, usually on days when it was just too cold to be photographing outside, or the light was too dull, often when the last minutes of daylight only just illuminated the table. This is my small world of CLOSER.
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©Tony Kearney 2020.