2017 International Photography Awards

I’m very grateful to have been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 International Photography Awards for my Ambiguity series featuring abstract architecture photographs made in Tempe, Arizona. Although I have yet to place in the International Photography Awards, this is my third year in a row earning an honorable mention.     From the IPA […]
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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 […]
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suspension bridge abstract architecture by johnny kerr

From the Archives: Vol. 1

Of the many, many photographs I make, only a select few ever go into my portfolio. The majority are doomed to spend eternity hidden away on a hard drive, never to again see the light of day. Every now and then I sneak into limbo and take a look with fresh eyes at some of […]
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It’s been quiet around here as we have prepared to welcome our son into the world. Liam was born June 20th and we are enjoying getting to know our little guy. I’ll be back to making and posting new images as soon as we adapt to our new routines as a family of four. Be […]
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minimalist landscape eccentric circles on the salton sea beach by Johnny Kerr


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 […]
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abandoned shack decay ruins salton sea by Johnny Kerr


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 […]
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abandoned beach hut ruins at the Salton Sea by Johnny Kerr


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 […]
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Herzog train landscape in California by Johnny Kerr


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 […]
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Salton Sea boat on land by Johnny Kerr


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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In February 2017 I exhibited 13 of my prints at {9} The Gallery for a my show, STILL. The images in this show were made between October 2014 and January 2017. Artist Statement: Solitude is an essential part of an introvert’s well-being. Authentic interaction with individuals and small groups is also necessary and edifying. Nevertheless, I need time alone to […]
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