Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy

Alexandria, VA, United States

About Christopher Kennedy

I was born in England to a very creative family and was encouraged to take up photography at a very early age. This led to a fascination for all things creative and eventually led to a long and successful career in music for film in Hollywood.

70 feature films later, I returned to the visual arts and developed a method involving long exposure and movement that I call Photo Luminism. This is a complex technique utilizing specially constructed ‘lightscapes', and movement of various elements of the camera during a slightly extended short exposure.

Over time, in an attempt to keep my work fresh and interesting, I have applied the same techniques to natural light and physical objects to create other worldly scenarios. My 'Trees Revered' series is an example. The backgrounds in motion are created by first identifying an area of suitable colours and textures that I could use to make a landscape in which to place the trees I have found are then carefully superimposed.

“Firefly Tree,” the first I created, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the print category by the juror of the Transformations exhibition at the PA Center for Photography.

The Surreal series combines elements of night Photo Luminism characters with real life landscapes and people, producing an apparent alternate universe.

I wouldn't want anyone to think I don't enjoy photographing traditional imagery, so you will find many in the representational gallery on my website.

I prefer to print onto brushed aluminum and fine art archival papers. The aluminum is a refractive surface that allows ambient light to reflect back through the richly colored inks of the Photo Luminism images, giving an incredible sense of depth and luminescence. Conversely, the fine art papers produce incredibly rich blacks and saturated colors that pop in a totally different way.

Signed, small limited editions are available in 4 sizes from 24"x16" to 96"x48".

An unexpected offshoot of this Photo Luminism technique has been the opportunity to enter a series of those photographs into a contest with a view to being made into a sculpture. Oddly enough I'd never had any personal interest in sculpture but suddenly here was something that intrigued me! So I was exceptionally proud that my entry, Exhibitionist, resulted in being a popular winner. The euphoria quickly dissolved when I realized I would then have to build my insane vision - a life-size, 3-piece beast filled with almost 2000 animated LEDs!

Happily, Exhibitionist has now taken its rightful place as a part of the New Hope Arts Outdoor Sculpture initiative. It is on public display at 131 North Main Street, New Hope, PA, beautifully illuminated from dusk until 10pm daily.

My photographic work can be seen in many private collections as well as corporate art collections worldwide. The new JW Marriott Marquis Houston, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Conrad Hilton Dubai are just a few examples.

I welcome commissions, so please, if you have an idea, ask!

www.photoluminism.com
Instagram: @photoluminism
Twitter: @photoluminism
www.facebook.com/photoluminism

Education

Bradfield College, Berkshire, England

I am completely self taught as a photographer, fiberglass sculptor and lighting technician.

Events

Unveiling of EXHIBITIONIST, my internally illuminated sculpture in New Hope PA, October 18th 2019.

The Other Art Fair NY, Brooklyn Expo Center

Winner 2nd Place Americana Exhibition

Spectrum Art Show

Kinetica Museum Art Fair, London

Photo Independent LA

January 2014. Voted one of the Best of the Best, Emerging Fine Art Photographers 2013 by the BWGallerist.

December 2013. Christopher's image of the Cira Center in Philadelphia taken as part of Philly Photo Day was chosen to be one of 40 featured on billboards throughout the city for the month of December.

October 2013, twenty four large images installed in exclusive corner suites of the Conrad Hilton Dubai.

April 2013, five images installed at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport VIP lounge.

March 15th 2013, eight oversize aluminum images installed at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the 'prefunction' area of the Grand Ballroom.

September 2012, one oversize image installed at IP Works, lawyers offices.

Exhibitions

Exhibitionist, my three-piece life-size sculpture is on public display at The Studio Sculpture Garden, 131 N Main Street, New Hope PA. It features almost 2000 animated LEDs and is illuminated from dusk until 10.30pm daily.

Transformations, PACP, Doylestown, PA

Exposure, New Hope Arts. Group. Winner.

Impalpable Light, The Bazemore Gallery, Philadelphia. Solo.

Re-Imagined, The Studio Gallery, New Hope PA. Solo.

Philip's Mill Photographic Exhibition. Group. Patron's and People's Choice awards

A Parallel Journey. Red Filter Gallery online. Solo

Americana, PACP Doylestown PA group (2nd Place)

Photo Luminism, 26 Bridge Gallery, Lambertville, NJ Solo

“Transformations” PA Center for Photography, Doylestown, PA (Honorable Mention)

Olympus Invision Pennsylvania Photographers’ Exhibition Group

PA Center for Photography, Doylestown, PA Group

Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, NJ. Two man

Gallery Piquel, 39 N. Main Street, New Hope, Pennsylvania. Group

The Bucks County Project Gallery, Ashland Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 Group

The Zen Den, Doylestown PA 18901. Two man

LG TRIPP Gallery Philadelphia, 47 - 49 Second Street, Historic Art District.
FOCUS, 5th Annual Abstract Photography Exhibition thru January 19th 2013. Group

The Bank of Princeton Community Gallery, Lambertville, NJ. Solo

Gallery Piquel, 39 N. Main Street, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

The Photography Place Gallery, Doylestown, PA 18901.