Asylum Lake, Kalamazoo, MI
Dimensions: image (flush): 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (19.1 x 19.1 cm)
mount (mat): 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Label Text: With the sensibility of a poet, British artist Michael Kenna creates images that attempt to capture the spiritual atmosphere of a place. He describes his vision as "post-industrial romanticism" and achieves moody and mysterious effects by photographing a scene at dawn or dusk, in mist or fog. A diffuse twilight and meditative stillness permeate Kenna's experience of Kalamazoo's Asylum Lake.
Being a photographer means that I go hunting for experiences. I feel them and photograph them. I act as a medium for others to see them. I touch them with my own subjective interpretations but I am really a guide. I get to point out aspects of the world that are wonderful, mysterious, inspirational, beautiful, at least in my mind and eyes. What greater pleasure could there be? Michael Kenna 2007
Kenna now lives in Seattle, but travels regularly to specific sites in Japan, China, Korea, and India. He views these places as old friends, which he revisits to experience in different light and seasons.
Object Number: 1992/3.5
Currently not on view