CLL Orange County
Mike Kelley Gallery Opening
- Presented by:
- Mike Kelley
- CLL Orange County
- September 08, 2017
- 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Free Seminar
- Canon Live Learning Orange County
123 Paularino Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626
These images represent a cross-section of Mike Kelley's work. An architectural photographer by trade, Kelley has also explored the worlds of aviation and aerial photography over the course of his career. Fascinated with architecture and infrastructure, he has found a unique blend of genres that both compliment and contrast one another, allowing him to blend multiple styles throughout his work.
Kelley's "Airportraits" images are a series of composites captured over a set time period at airports around the world. Kelley looks for scenes that accurately describe the landscape and the culture of a place while providing a vantage point from which the airport's traffic can be viewed in a single linear trajectory.
Most photographs work to capture a single decisive moment. These images are captured over, in many cases, an entire day or series of days (e.g. eight hours at LAX). Using a stationary camera, every aircraft movement during this period is meticulously captured. The hundreds of resulting images are then culled and each departing aircraft is cut, stitched, and assembled onto the original background image to create a temporally expanded composite showing activity at each airport.
In Kelley's "LA Airspace" series, the viewer is presented with aerial views of Los Angeles. From a helicopter between 400 and 6000 feet above ground level, the chaos of Los Angeles reveals itself to be a complex ecosystem of geometric patterns, whimsical moments, and awe-inspiring vistas. Over the course of roughly 30 flights, Kelley created a book which documents nearly every corner of the city from above in black and white.
Lastly, Kelley's commercial architecture work consists of a mix of complicated composite work and the simplest handheld documentation. Depending on the subject, lighting conditions, and environmental conditions, Kelley works with both traditional and modern techniques to render architecture in an interesting and engaging way. Kelley's photos speak not only to the architects' design intent, but also make architecture accessible and enjoyable by the average viewer.
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