southwest stuccoland minimal color photography by Johnny Kerr

That Awkward Moment… When You Don’t Like Your Own Work

So, I’ve had this recurring experience recently: While hanging out with a friend I am asked, “what’s new?” As an artist, my art is always a part of that answer. So, I inevitably include details about my most recent project, STUCCOLAND! I notice a look of polite, but feigned interest settle across my companion’s face, […]
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Pier Decay Lake Erie Long Exposure Photography by Johnny Kerr

The Deception of Simplicity – Part 2

In my previous post I attempted to convince you that a simple, well-designed composition is more elegant than primitive. In this post I will use one of my own photographs as a case study to examine the complexity and infinite potential in what some may consider to be a simple or even obvious composition. I’ll be referring to my […]
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 […]