Today we bring you the work of up-and-coming photographer and multimedia artist Kevin J. Short. Based in San Francisco, Kevin has worked as a talented designer and photographer producing evocative pictures while exploring art in any form he sees fit. People who knew Kevin growing up might be surprised to find him in the photography field; having gone to school for architecture it maybe come as a surprise to see him where he is today. Kevin is a man of many skills and enjoys flexing his creative muscle.
“I’m a self taught artist and have been practicing in various media for about a decade. I started with painting, and have since moved into digitally fabricated works, some video, and now photography. and of course, architecture and design along at the same time as well. so I kind of do everything.”
Like many things, Kevin jumped into photography with nothing but a DSLR in hand and I have to say, the results are promising. Composition comes naturally to Kevin and each of his shots are clearly thought-out and well composed; this can likely be attributed to his training as an architect. Taking a picture is more than a simple click – in Kevin’s world it is about building a scene and laying the foundation for the audience’s interactions with his work.
“…color has always been a huge theme in my work… mostly big bold colors that compliment and contrast to form a well balanced composition. a lot of time when creating art, I think of color and form as the media with which I am creating, not so much the physical paint or photograph itself.”
Kevin was kind enough to provide images to one of his favourite series entitled When the Night is New; this photography series tells the story of a girl – a girl not much different than a girl we all know – who is getting ready for a night out. The viewer is able to enjoy an intimate look into her experience and watch the details of her cosmetic ritual. What she is preparing for is entirely outside of our knowledge. A first date? A breakup? Perhaps she’s meeting with her mother to discuss a recent cancer diagnosis. Kevin allows the viewer to supplement the story with their own imagination. It’s hard to not take note of Kevin’s use of colors and lighting; by focusing on bright colors (the girl’s hair) we are forced to keep the girl in our mind as we explore each picture.
Kevin had words about himself as an artist that I think are very important for any person currently (or considering) pursuing a creative lifestyle should take note of:
“I really start by trying to understand exactly what scene or mood or emotion or texture or vibe I would like to portray through a particular piece, and then let the media choice come through on its own. I guess I don’t want to be limited by having a set “style” or single medium that I work with. Art is about creation and expression. as an artist my point of view always evolves, as I get older and have new experiences my ideas about the world evolve. this is a good thing. I think fundamentally, being an artist is a particular way that I have chosen to experience my life and the world. there were many options, and I chose art.”
Kevin is the modern Renaissance man. He flits from medium to medium thoroughly exploring each one and incorporating it into his overall style. He only takes what he needs and the rest is left to the wind. What’s impressive is his ability to synthesize everything he’s learned from a multitude of creative fields and use it to further evolve as an artist.