abandoned shack decay ruins salton sea by Johnny Kerr

Stranded

The well known adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a great mark for a photographer to aspire towards. However, most analogies and axioms have a point where they break down. They simply can’t be held up as infallible universal truths in every conceivable situation. I’m not a binary thinker and I don’t put much faith […]
abandoned beach hut ruins at the Salton Sea by Johnny Kerr

SGES

I’ve always been drawn to images that most would consider lonely or desolate. I find them oddly comforting. You might have noticed me experimenting with different color palettes lately. I’ve been challenging myself to work in color mainly because I’m very comfortable working in black and white, and I want to grow in areas where […]
Herzog train landscape in California by Johnny Kerr

Herzog

As I challenge myself to get out of my black and white comfort zone and work in color, I’m learning to be more intentional in my use of color, much in the way I’m intentional about the tones in my black and white images. I take a lot of inspiration from cinematic visionaries such as […]
salton sea long exposure black and white seascape by Johnny Kerr

Three by the Sea

  One of my favorite things about the last couple seascapes I’ve released is the memories I associate them with, specifically the road trip shared with a dear friend. I’ve never really had a companion accompany me on a photography expedition before because it takes a special kind of patience and contentment to hang around while […]
Phoenix Orpheum Gargoyle by Johnny Kerr

The Deception of Simplicity – Part 1

Although I wouldn’t label all of my work as minimalist, it is heavily informed by many of the same principles. Perhaps this comes from my background in graphic design. I appreciate the elegance of minimalism in the same way an engineer would appreciate the simplicity and efficiency of a well-designed machine with no redundant or extraneous parts. However, minimalism seems to be a style that […]
Nelson Fine Arts Center Abstract Architecture by Johnny Kerr

What’s In A Name?

One question I have frequently been asked is, “How do you come up with names for your pictures?” For this post I thought I’d put up a few of my abstract photographs along with a quick description of how I came up with the title. If you have ever wondered about a specific image, feel free […]
Abstract Street Light by Johnny Kerr

Comprehending Abstract Art

In the last couple of years my propensity towards abstraction has become more prevalent in much of my photography. After hearing me use the word abstract to describe some of my work, people often ask me just what abstract means. They recognize it as art jargon, and may have a vague notion of what the […]

West by Southwest

I am grateful this month to have a public place to display my work. Stop by the Irish Cultural Center (see website for business hours) during the month of September to see seven selected works from my visit to Ireland in 2012. Select images were printed on specialty metallic paper which represents exceptional color and tonal depth. All images were personally matted, […]
Abstract Architecture Phoenix Financial Center by Johnny Kerr

Hard Work

I was confronted with a question the other day that, to my surprise, I found quite difficult to answer: “Don’t you have fun taking photographs?” A brief introspect provided me with an adequate answer for myself, but it was so full of nuance and mixed emotional responses that I struggled to articulate a clear answer to my […]

On Being RAW

A few months ago I received an unexpected email from a woman in Los Angeles who I soon learned was the showcase director for RAW, an organization whose mission is to seek out and promote up-and-coming artists. This was the first I had heard of RAW but I immediately loved their mission as I’ve never heard of […]