Looking into the Light is for for photographers, for artists of all kinds, and for anyone who’d like to try thinking like an artist, just to see what they can see.
Years ago I stumbled on what felt like a secret door into creativity in photography. It became my basis for photographing and for teaching, early on and ever since.
This book comes from the exploratory workshop I’ve been building for more than 30 years, and it extends it in all kinds of new ways and directions. It works for photographers of every level, from cell-phone beginners to jaded professionals. It also works for people who just want to enjoy being where they are.
Photographs by Sean Kernan with short stories and poems by the Argentine master. “Navigating under the star of Borges, I look at this book—words and images, side by side on the table before me—and find myself looking down dark, unfamiliar paths across the plane of the world with a rising sense, both exciting and ominous, that everything is about to change.” Sean Kernan, from the Afterword.
“In the photographer Sean Kernan’s arresting Among Trees (Artisan), New York’s trees appear as boulevardiers decked out in Christmas lights. Kernan traversed the planet in search of tangled roots and dappled canopies, and his photographs frame trees as peaceful neighbors of the earth’s human residents: palms arch into the Los Angeles twilight, and the unidentified specimen shares plaza space with an elderly Segovian gent. Kernan also plays with scale: a row of Tuscan poplars, sizable by human standards, is dwarfed by an electrical tower.”
After the World is a series about a group of wanderers who have been somehow displaced from their time and have landed in ours. They wear not clothing and instead they cover their bodies with white mud. They can’t speak to us or explain how they have come to be here.