Mike Mann

Mike Mann - Steven Kennard 2012
Mike Mann – Steven Kennard 2012

Mike was a great personal friend and a gifted musician I played with for many years. He asked me to take some promotional photographs of himself in the early 80’s and here are a couple of them. They are featured in my Portraits gallery, linked to each of these photographs.

Sadly Mike died soon after we moved to Canada. We miss his great sense of humour and kindness though we have wonderful memories of our times together, brought back by looking at photos I took of him.

Mike Mann - Steven Kennard 2012
Mike Mann – Steven Kennard 2012

Nourishing Our Creativity

French Horn #2 - Steven Kennard 2011
French Horn #2 – Steven Kennard 2011

Creativity is fed and nourished by the things around us and our experiences. Some of those are visual, some are more visceral. For all of us our ability to create is fed by those things. Photography (making photographs) compels me to be observant of my surroundings and my environment in a broad sense and in a more focused sense in the details. I believe our brains have the capacity to record everything that we see and the subconscious memory of that is often visible in the things we subsequently create ourselves. This can be seen in forms, surface textures or colour, for example.

Composing images requires a careful balancing of elements – what is to be excluded, what included and how these elements are placed within the frame – to create the visual harmony along what, in photography is a two dimensional plane. Three dimensional works whether turned items, sculpture or even furniture all need to have the same consideration applied to achieve successful results. For me, the creating of images and the creating of three dimensional works are interrelated and connected and often this relationship can be seen in my work. Sometimes this connection is clear, at other times more subtle.

We need to keep feeding our brains and imaginations using the elements that are available to us wherever we might be.

Original Post November 21, 2011:

Symphony Nova Scotia had an annual fundraiser and asked Nova Scotia artists to create something using some of their old and unusable musical instruments. I got this wonderful French horn (which I still managed to play as you can see if you look closely at the photograph below) and made a series of photographs of it.

Imagine the music this instrument provided for so many people for years and the pleasure that it gave to those who played it.

French Horn #1 - Steven Kennard 2011
French Horn #1 – Steven Kennard 2011

Bubbles of Ice

Bubbles of Ice - Steven Kennard 2012
Bubbles of Ice – Steven Kennard 2012

Sometimes looking down gives as much inspiration for design as anything you see around you. This frozen puddle with its bubbles is one example and I might well use it to inspire surface decoration in some of my future turnings. Clicking on the image takes you to my Macro and Ice gallery with other interesting mostly macro ice photos.

Ellie in Snowshoes

Ellie wearing the snowshoes we bought each other for our anniversary 5 years ago!

Winter is back and so are snowshoe walks. Joni loves them as you can see!

Joni turns a snowshoe walk into a snowshoe run. With sticks. As many as she can find.

Announcing a new Performance Photo Gallery

Yadong Guan, 2009 - Steven Kennard 2011
Yadong Guan, 2009 – Steven Kennard 2011

Pipa player Yadong Guan photographed during her performance, 2009.

This photograph, one of my performance photographs spanning many years, was first published in 2011 and I am using this post to announce a new gallery of the highlights of this aspect of my photography. You can access it by clicking on the photo above, using the menu under Galleries > Photography Themes > Performance Photography, or this link: 


Reflecting - Steven Kennard 2013
Reflecting – Steven Kennard 2013

Originally posted on March 15, 2013, this was titled “Reflecting” for a project on G+ My choice for this theme was a figurative interpretation. 

This also is the first image in my new gallery of black and white photography.