Lakeview United Methodist Church Abstract by Johnny Kerr

The Vulnerability of Exposure

 I am writing this on the morning of my first solo photography exhibition opening! My stomach is in knots with excitement and anxiety. Those who know me well know that I am a very analytical and introspective person, a trait which is a double-edged sword. I’m not trying to be melodramatic here, just candid. Introspection fosters a strong […]
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 […]
Tempe Center For The Arts Abstract Architecture by Johnny Kerr

For Me, By Me

I began this abstract architecture series in 2013 as a way of focusing my work and developing my vision as a fine art photographer. Prior to this series my photography was all over the place in terms of style and subject matter. One day I asked myself, “Why am I making photographs?” While reflecting on this question […]

The Role of Vision In Photography

One could almost argue that digital photography is a different medium than traditional photography (film, wet plate, etc.), despite their fundamental similarities. Or at least it has the potential to be. It’s not that photo manipulation is unique to digital photography; manipulation has been practiced since long before digital imaging technology arrived on the scene. Master printers have been […]
La Jolla Walkway long exposure seascape

Patience in San Diego

La Jolla Walkway © 2014 Johnny Kerr 5D Mk III & 24-70 mm f/2.8L II lens. 59 mm, ISO 100, f/22, 90 sec. When my family decided to vacation for a few days in San Diego I knew that I wanted to take along my camera. I needed to create some new images. The problem, however, is […]

Hill of Prayer & The Zen of Creating

Hill of Prayer © 2014 Johnny Kerr  Made with: 5D Mk III with 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens. ISO 100, f/9, 1/400 sec. I’ve been living in a constant tension lately that I can only describe as creative congestion. I often hear about artists struggling with creative frustration—a sort of dry spell akin to writers block—and I’ve indeed suffered through my share […]

Catching Up

It’s been a busy few months of work, holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, gallery exhibitions and family life.  I figured I was overdue for a post! Unfortunately all of this activity has kept me from creating any new art beyond a few Instagram snapshots, but life has been good so I don’t complain.  Since my last post, […]

Music, Lovely People, and Photography

It’s a truly wonderful thing when two of your passions meet in the middle.  In this case it was Irish traditional music and photography. A couple weekends ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with the Mac Gabhann’s (pronounced “MacGowan”) as they visited Phoenix.  I’ve visited and shared tunes with Antóin Mac Gabhann twice before; first in […]

Tim Johnson, Painter

This is Tim.  I first met Tim about three years ago after I began teaching with his wife.  He is an amazingly talented artist with a humble demeanor (a wonderful combination).  He has a delightful, sarcastic wit and a genuinely kind personality. As I continue exploring the world of portraiture I’ve been trying to be more bold […]