Morgan Leigh McKenna
I bought my first camera when I was eight and became obsessed with the Colorado landscape: wide open plains, massive cottonwoods, winding canyons, hidden creeks, wild rivers. I loved composing images, especially patterns. But there was something else that drew me in, even though I couldn't articulate what that was. Looking back, I was always trying to capture the feel - the sheer energy - of a scene. After two decades of success shooting classical landscapes, my passion for a more mystical approach resurfaced with a strength that surprised me. On a quest for what I began to call the "holy grail of presence", I started experimenting with an array of alternative techniques such as intentional camera movement, ultra-narrow focus, slow-shutter speeds, and extreme back light (light flooding). Today, these techniques form my signature photographic stye.