Kirk Keeler’s Ten Years in Yosemite is an intimate look at the photographs of a staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, living full-time in one of the World’s most visited national parks. This is an exhibit of photographs taken by an insider; a vantage point few photographers – not to mention people – get to experience. They showcase Kirk’s unique way of seeing the park – part homage to his photography heroes, like his predecessor Ansel Adams, and part expression of his personal vision, inspired by living amongst the granite, flora, and fauna of this Sierra Nevada gem. His inspiration to seek out original night scenes corresponds to the technical advances of digital capture and processing that paralleled his work during the decade. Kirk’s discovery of the hybrid Platinum/Palladium printing method adds a 19th Century spin on digitally captured, hand-printed images amongst his digital archival pigment photographs. Kirk believes his work speaks to both the quiet and kinetic energy running through Yosemite National Park. He has forever been changed by this tenancy.
BIO: Kirk Keeler is a photographer and educator in the Sierra Nevada, California. For a decade he lived and worked in Yosemite as an independent landscape photographer and as a staff photographer andworkshop director for The Ansel Adams Gallery. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at locations including, Ansel Adams Gallery, Viewpoint Gallery, Stellar Gallery, and the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California. His work has been published in Lonely Planet and Cyclocross Magazine. He has received awards from the Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition, Photographer’s Forum Magazine and he was honored to have his “Storm and Rainbows Over Little Yosemite Valley” chosen for the 125th Anniversary Yosemite Commemorative Poster. He is currently working on an ongoing project with the National Parks and climate change.
Kirk Keeler leads day and weeklong landscape photography workshops both in the field and in the studio. You can view his work and contact him at www.kirkkeeler.com.