International wildlife photographer Jack Kenner will visit Books & Books on Tuesday, 17 November to give a visual presentation on the basics of wildlife and pet photography.
From capturing the intricacies of nature to architectural forms, Mr. Kenner’s ‘up-close’ photography style, utilising dark backgrounds, vivid, intense colours and shallow depth of field has earned him an international reputation for his compositional talents and eye for detail.
After spending 35 years in film, in 2004 Mr. Kenner became immersed in digital fine art, black and white and colour photography.
On 2 May, 2004, Mr. Kenner woke up unable to speak a word. Thinking he had a bad sinus infection, Mr. Kenner went to work as usual but found that his inability to communicate from behind the camera was more of a challenge than he had expected.
After five days without improvement, Mr. Kenner consulted two specialists and found that and found that his recurrent laryngeal nerve had disconnected from his vocal cord, thus he was unable to speak at any volume greater than a faint whisper. Doctors told him it could take up to a year for the nerve to repair itself.
Instead of putting his career on hold, Mr. Kenner took the opportunity to teach himself digital photography, and he began bringing dogs into the studio to practise lighting ratios and giclee printing.
Mr. Kenner has since taken fine art portraits fo hundreds of dogs, including Steven Segal’s Great Dane Bukka and Cybill Shepherd’s two German Shepherds. His portraits ‘explore the common life force that people share with dogs [and] celebrate our merged existence,’ said Dr. Kevin T. Fitzgerald of the Animal Planet TV show Emergency Vets. Mr. Kenner has compiled many of his photos in his two books: Dogs I’ve Nosed and Dogs I’ve Nosed II.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Kenner has worked as a professional photographer since graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California in 1980. After working for several years in New York City, he returned to Memphis in 1985 where he established a reputation as a successful commercial and fine art photographer and he then opened his own gallery in 1997.
Mr. Kenner’s personal and professional assignments have taken him to five continents capturing the images of endangered species and the landscape of the world.
The event is free and open to the public and begins at 7pm.