TITLE: Drumbeat of Juneteenth 2020
Celebration of Juneteenth in an appropriate place, Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. It's a memorial to those who died defending the union from the Confederate slaveowners in the Civil War. This Juneteenth was in the midst of mass demonstrations protesting the murder of George Floyd during the international pandemic. We watched, listened and danced to the drummers, all of us celebrating the end of slavery.
AUTHOR: Keith Manning (United States)
My explorations around the world (to four of the seven continents), visiting and living with diverse peoples, and some of the most beautiful natural scenery our planet has to offer, has motivated my art.
I begin with color landscapes, panoramas and portraits, utilizing the light nature offers in the moment. Most of the time I visualize in greyscale (black and white). The creative process of transforming a color image into greyscale is particularly exhilarating.
The techniques of my greyscale images have been largely inspired by Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams.
In portraiture, my preference is to capture people doing something, especially performing. In landscapes natural lighting, clouds and/or water moving at different speeds, contrasting with seemingly static scenery can create interesting images. By manipulating a scene with longer exposures I seek to enhance tonal variations and complex textures transforming an interesting image into an unusual, unique and unworldly piece of art. My intent is for the viewer’s imagination to travel where ever the art piece may take them.
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