December 12, 2015

Hank Keneally’s “Diffusion Portraits” Series

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Hank Keneally’s “Diffusion Portraits” Series

Editor’s Note: Hank Keneally’s “Diffusion Portraits” series captures real life images and presents them in a blur of color that toes the line between dream and apparition. Read on to hear what he has to say about his “a-ha moment” with this series and how he achieved his effects in his photographs.

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A Moment Of Discovery: The “Cosmic Download”

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During a class I was teaching for Brio Fine Arts Center one of my students got a call on her cell phone. She headed for the door to answer the call so as not to disturb the class. As she opened the door I got my “Cosmic Download”: Hank! You Should Photograph The Entire Class Behind The Diffused Glass Of That Door!!

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Through the combination of using the diffusion glass of the door to the classroom and my own methods of compositing, a portrait series was created. Many are arranged in a tableau sequence of multiple portraits. In this way they interact with each other.

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I’m making no compromises in accepting what happens when images combine. These images are Modernist but also utilize some of the past discoveries of Surrealism and Expressionism.

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HankKeneally_PhotoOf_ContemporaryExhibition_1.25.14Hank Keneally studied music and photography at Arizona State University, often staying in the dark room overnight to get a print “just right.” In addition to his prowess at trombone and photography, Hank has many years of tutelage in fine art, painting and digital imagery. He also started a private counseling practice with his wife, Mac, in Arizona. You can find his photography and art here.

 

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