About Chris Keeney
Yeah, yeah, I know, not another photographer writing about what he or she likes to do.
But I figured, since you clicked yourself here, you must be curious. Well here it goes:
College Education: Graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree
Occupation: Photographer and Graphic Designer for over 20 years
Author of Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide published in 2011 by Princeton Architectual Press
- I'm a San Diego, Southern California native and have an older brother and younger sister
- Married for over 20 years to a wonderful woman and have two beautiful children that I love very much
- I like to wear shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, sneakers, hoodies and comfortable jeans
- I enjoy free diving in the ocean and taking underwater photos for fun
- I like to smile, laugh and listen to comedians on satellite radio
- I enjoy traveling and learning about the local history, culture and food
- Listening to music motivates and inspires me to create
Here are a few photos that I hope will give you a better idea of the types of things I enjoy doing.
I'm a San Diego, Southern California pinhole photographer and I have a passion for and interest in pinhole camera photography.
I like experimenting and playing with color and black and white infrared photography
Self portrait of Chris Keeney in Colin's Valley, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California
I like camping and spending time outside in quiet out of the way places
I have fun experimenting with long exposures at night to create photos lit with full moon and star light
I like shooting fast prime lenses as close to wide open as possible
I like using film and photographic paper to create one of a kind fine art photos and enjoy the happy accidents that happen in the process.
I love the ocean and spending time free-diving, body surfing and taking pictures underwater
My studio is the outside world and I enjoy shooting in new and different locations
If the essence of life is change, then I imagine its opposite--immutability--must be a form of death. I see my photography as both an affirmation of and reaction to the inexorable process of growth and decay, the wheel of life: my images try to play with the mystery and absurdity of the permanent state of impermanence facing us in this world, and the kinds of images that catch my eye are themselves always changing, as is my technique as I experiment with the ever-evolving technologies and media available today. To me, a good photograph is a small triumph over time, perhaps not on the same scale as a great poem, but no less thrilling in its own way. To quote Henri Cartier-Bresson: We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.
There's something that feels noble about that. I also like what Cartier-Bresson said about his personal experience of what it is to do photography: Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It's a way of life. This seems right to me: the best photography comes from the inner compulsion to capture images, as opposed to stroke one's ego, and I know that because there is an authenticity I feel in my best moments. And photography does free me, albeit temporarily, from the hamster wheel existence that is a part of life, and as such, it is my own form of shout - that I am alive, that i am open to creation in all its forms, that i know we all pass out of the frame in the end but that only fires my determination to record that we were here and lived and loved...