The general population thinks of a camera as a tool with which one can capture a moment in time, and a photo as a visual souvenir of a place in time never to be visited again. Ty Kelly (the artist behind Pelo Blanco Photography), however, uses photography not to capture a moment, but to create one.
Like Monet transformed a pond filled with water plants into Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, so too does Kelly take classic landscapes and redefine them into his own creations. With photographic skill that has been developing since childhood, and digital mastery, he is able to create scenes that are at once both perfect and mesmerizingly unreal. He does this by discovering a moment that sparks his curiosity and then by shaping it, behind a monitor, into a brilliant piece of original artwork.
For Kelly, a camera is more than a window to a scene in time; it is a tool for creating a new interpretation. From mirrored reflections to extended exposure and light play, Kelly deftly reinvents reality without erasing its beauty. He takes his viewers beyond the confines of the conceivable into an image that exists on a new plane of artistry.
Kelly picks out shots that inspire him. Only the best of his hundreds of photos make the cut. Those that do, however, are then crafted and redefined. Like a diamond cutter who takes a raw diamond, rough and dull, and with careful shaping reveals to the world its radiance, Kelly reveals a new level of brilliance within his photos.
Kelly’s photography is vibrant and dramatic, but he never sacrifices beauty for innovation. Even his most progressive photos retain the glamour of red lips with a black gown and are never cheapened by digital gimmicks. A whole new world of vibrancy and allure waits within the photos of Pelo Blanco Photography.
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