Whether you are red, blue or green - Muslim, Christian or Hindu - soldier, scientist, artist or athlete, you appreciate the beauty, dignity and grace of wildflowers.
My photos are a meditation on what we all share –a bond that is an essence of our common humanity.
A small wildflower is difficult to photograph artfully. They move in the wind; they hide in the grasses; they twist in the sun; and if cut, can show wilt in seconds. A wildflower is very alive, active and wild - unlike a preservative filled commercial bouquet positioned stoically on your kitchen table. In the best of circumstances, one wildflower image in 50 will be presentable. My goal is not to document a botanical specimen nor to demonstrate my expertise with an exotic camera or an image processing manipulation. Rather, it is to honor the grace and dignity of that small and insignificant individual in the variegated world of wildflowers.
I make my wildflower portraits in the field using a unique lighting technique and camera settings that I developed to produce the contemporary pure white and black backgrounds. I don’t "cut out" the flower from the background using photoshop tools.
I won my first art competition at age 10 and illustrated my first book (on bicycling) at age 20. I became serious about photography about 15 years ago, winning best photo of the year at the Tucson Camera Club and repeatedly acting as judge for the Rose Society photography competitions. My photography is in the permanent collection of the Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, Colorado and has been shown in galleries in Arizona and New Mexico.
I have over 100 publications in law, computer science and marketing, and currently also act as a small business mentor for SCORE.org.
Kevin lives in Flagstaff and Tucson with his wife of 38 years and a little dog that specializes in long walks to dawdle and sniff.
Email: KevinPrattArt@Comcast.net Find more of my work on the Web: www.KevinPrattArt.com Follow me on Instagram: KevinPrattArt