Pete Kelly finds his inspiration in nature and the landscape. Specifically focusing on, " the reclamation by nature of urban settings", Kelly finds a particularly strong aesthetic and power in the beauty of the urban landscape. "I try to see beauty around me, drawing beauty from ugliness by capturing close up textures of fading paint or graffiti, or by reducing the shape of the subject to silhouette."
Kelly's fascination with photography, the quality, and flexibility of the medium began at a very early age. Born in England in 1966, and as the son of a military man, Kelly spent most of his childhood growing up in West Germany. After leaving school Kelly enrolled in a photography course with the Royal Air Force Photographic Unit, based in Wildenrath in Germany. Although this initial training lasted only six months, it established a life long passion and dedication to photography.
Already an avid traveller, Kelly initially decided to return to the UK, to study Graphic Design and Advertising at Stockport College, before moving to America in 1987. After completing an Internship at an innovative commercial photography studio in America, Kelly began working as a Photographers Assistant. Working closely with a range of photographers, amongst which, Nick Vedros a Commercial Photographer and the Founding President to the American Society of Media Photographers, Mike Regnier, a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer, and who was one of six photographers chosen from around the world to be published by Kodak International Photography, allowed Kelly to intrinsically develop his own refined sense of aesthetic as well as develop and master photographic theory and technique.
Now working as a Fine Art Photographer in his own right, Kelly utilises the most cutting edge equipment and techniques, painting with photography by compositing and layering photographs digitally. This allows him to enhance and develop his ideas, concepts, compositions, and subject matter without loosing his initial attraction to it.
"Sometimes I shoot things in stages concentrating on a specific part of a scene, and layer these pieces together later with imagery, matching perfectly the perspective, focal length, direction of light and camera angle of the former image. Ultimately returning the initial ideas into a seamless photograph."
All of his work is shot with a digital camera and subsequently processed in Adobe Photoshop, the professional image-editing software. Kelly's work is then printed with Ultrachrome pigment inks directly on to archival mediums, such as cotton canvas or watercolour paper, usually in Limited Editions of 25.
Pete has now been successful showing his Fine Art Photography since 1990, gaining his first notable gallery representation at, The Robin Rice Gallery, whilst living in New York. Pete Kelly currently lives and works in the UK were he is represented in 5 states in the U.S and by numerous galleries in the U.K.
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