A Natural Intrusion

When someone refers to a portrait of mine as “organic” that’s something I consider to be high praise.

In addition to the ongoing balance of art and craft, I work hard to keep a certain unquantifiable “natural” look to my work.

The irony in this is that I use digital tools to accomplish this task.

I’ve found that the intrusion of nature is always expected.

It is never a surprise to see a weed in the garden. It is a surprise to see a something rendered perfectly without a reference to the physical world or humanity.

That’s the difference between natural beauty and six sigma manufactured excellence.

Of course, I want my refrigerator to be built without error and for all of the parts to last for decades. But I never want to create a portrait that hides the natural essence of the subject.

A case in point is this stone wall. It’s functional and built with care and artistry. But without the clover sprouting out I would have never noticed it or paid it any attention.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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