Fish and Bird

Last year, while on a field trip with some students, I made a shot of this cave on my iPhone as it was all I had on me. Last week I was back with another group of students, this time with a camera in tow and a plan to get the shot done right. After […]
Empathy black white Twins Fashion Photograph by Johnny Kerr

Goodbye, Portraits

  I made a choice this weekend to remove my Portraits portfolio from my website. One of the hardest things to do as a photographer is to edit your own work; to decide which images make the cut. Even though I’ve delved into portraiture in the past, it doesn’t really represent the future direction of […]

2018 Calendars

2018 calendars are designed and ready for production! This time I am offering two options: Abstractions features 12 of my black and white architecture images, and Landscapes features 12 of my black and white landscape, seascape and urban landscape scenes.     Each calendar is printed on high quality acid free archival paper. The paper […]
Salton Sea Black and White long exposure landscape photography by Johnny Kerr

Inspiration and Accountability

Inspiration is a complex subject, and it’s not usually discussed alongside accountability. I’ve been thinking about both lately. Throughout history, human beings have been guilty of over-romanticizing the role of inspiration in creative endeavors. On one hand, I can’t deny the role it has played in my own work. Whether inspiration comes in the form of experiencing visual art, […]
Phoenix Children's Museum Architecture by Johnny Kerr

Bot Invasion

I’m often asked how I “find” my photographs. My answer is always the same, “I’m always looking, everywhere I go.” A Reductionist Approach Graphic design and photography have taught me to see in abstraction; to view things not only for what they literally are, but also for the visual components that make them up. Through […]
minimalist landscape eccentric circles on the salton sea beach by Johnny Kerr

Eccentric

Finding the confidence to present new work that I’m not sure people will like is one of the difficult parts of being an artist. It’s not that I am motivated by what people will or won’t like, otherwise I’d just photograph sunsets and kittens. What I am motivated by is the search for unexpected beauty in the mundane, and working out how to share […]
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 boat on land by Johnny Kerr

Captive

I made this image on my California road trip in January. When I saw this boat—which seemed permanently stranded on land, some 25 yards from the sea—it immediately spoke to me. It inspired me to write a haiku: When I went into the commercial art profession as a graphic designer I became burned out after […]
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