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My most recent work is a series of waterscapes. The other-worldliness of what I see just under the surface of the water is mesmerizing, as is the quality of light — soft in places, brilliant in others, and always a mysterious glow. The darker, under-lit places hold the same kind of dangerous attraction that I find in the night landscapes. I love pushing my camera down into a fecund tangle of plants and trying to make some sense of it all.
My landscapes are photographed on the land as well as from the air. My aerial photographs give a different perspective of the landscape, exposing shapes and patterns in locations we think we know. Most of my aerial work was done from slow and quiet hot air balloons. I have a series of Berkshire landscapes inspired by the works of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne where I imagined myself traveling back in time to see what they might have found inspiring about this part of the country.
I am intrigued with the seldom-seen in nature and the process of discovery. In my series of night landscapes, I illuminate sections of a dark landscape with a flashlight and a long exposure, I find a different sort of beauty in the dark and an excitement that comes with standing alone in the dark with just a flashlight and a camera. Without the jumble of information visible in the daylight, there is a paring down to the essential.
The kind of photographs I take of people are environmental portraits, in which the place the person is located is quite revealing. I did two series of portraits in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts: one of small business owners, and another of urban gardeners. I hand-colored these prints to give a more personal feel to the portraits. My fascination with the night lead me to do a series of Berkshire portraits of people who work in the night, where I used light-painting for illumination.
Much of my still-life photography addresses the themes of life and death in nature. The here-today-gone-tomorrow transience compels me to catch as much of it as I can. The ephemeral beauty in nature holds an importance that demands recognition and acknowledgment.
Kay's fine art photography reflects respect and reverence for the natural world. One of the recurring themes is seeing what is usually unseen or perhaps just under appreciated. There are also often elements of danger and mystery, with darkness playing a major role.
Inherent contradictions in nature such as light and dark, order and disorder, death and renewal are prominent in her photographs.