Exhibit, March, 2017
The basis for my work is digital photography, but I prefer to refer to the resulting art work as “images,” rather than “photos.” This reflects my intention to take the images well beyond what one might expect from photography. It also reflects the reality that the work is actually archival inkjet or metallic paper prints as opposed to work created with photographic paper.
Right now, in early 2015, I am working in one of four broad categories of images: black and whites, reflections off of buildings or water, collages, and landscapes.
I choose the black and white format when the image will be enhanced by a stark or minimalistic approach. Landscapes are somewhat self-explanatory and depend on capturing a moment such as an image at dawn.
With the reflections off of the large glass buildings we have, particularly in Washington, I try to capture the frenetic feel of the urban environment in a still image. The water reflections explore that causes the underlying shimmer of sunlight bouncing off of water which in turn creates highly complex abstract images.
The collage series uses several different techniques to combine images with some starting off as blank canvases others building up off of a base image.
Alex Keto learned the basics of photography as a news reporter in East Tennessee shooting and developing his own black and white film images nearly 30 years ago. From there, the natural transition took him to color film.
Entirely self-taught, Alex shifted to digital images when the cameras and software proved capable of matching or even exceeding the quality of film. Over the last two years alone, Alex’s works have been included in over a dozen exhibits, and he has been and will be a resident artist at numerous arts festivals.
Alex breaks his work into five basic categories of Urban Landscapes, Collages, Black and Whites, Landscapes, and Reflections. With any of the images he captures, Alex’s goal is find a unique vision that often employs techniques he devised himself.
Alex grew up outside of Washington, DC, and honed his artistic background with a fine arts degree from Yale University.
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