Ambiguity by Johnny Kerr
This is a first for me. I have never before curated a whole architecture portfolio focused on a single subject. I have long admired Antoine Predock's Nelson Fine Arts Center in Tempe, AZ. The ambiguous forms and shapes of his modern design lend themselves well to abstract photographic interpretations. I named the series Ambiguity because I am intrigued with the mystery of the relatively featureless stucco surfaces, which I sought to exploit in these nonobjective representations. All of the photographs in this set were made in a single day when I devoted myself to a sustained investigation of this building. I spent hours photographing, waiting and observing as the light changed from morning to late afternoon, revealing new and exciting relationships and tensions as the sun peeked around new corners, leaving others in shadow. There are about half a dozen images here that I'm very pleased with; they represent careful observation and elegant composition solutions that I'm proud of. The rest of them are included because they were part of the process and, while they don't excite me as much as the aforementioned "creme of the crop," they may have a different appeal to another viewer. Careful not to cast the net too wide, they still meet my personal standards and serve well to round out the portfolio.