Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Kidd.
Jeremy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m from London UK. I had always wanted to surf in Malibu and idealized the Southern CA lifestyle. Though I trained as a sculpture and painter. Originally I made my way to New York on a whim, extending my birthday via the time difference between London & the US. I soon traveled West and was greatly inspired by the expanding Landscape! A description of the trip below: As I drove west from New York I was increasingly aware of the expanding landscape and simultaneous expansion of my consciousness; a wholly liberating breath filled my being and the sense of freedom began to permeate me.
The further we drove west, the more the landscape opened out. As we moved from pastoral plains to the desert, the less the landscape resembled England and the English experience, the more of a revelation it became. The Blue Ridge Mountains were a green, rolling velvet carpet of pines on a greater scale than I had ever seen. Arkansas was truly lush and vibrant with animal and plant life, though Oklahoma was the first place that the terrain truly opened up and would mark the inception of the “experience”. But it was the deserts that really exemplified the notion of freedom. And then the vast desert expanses of Death Valley gave way to the jarring sight of the snow-capped Serra Nevada Mountains. I was shocked by the contrasts and extremes of the sublime.
To still be in the parched furnace like desert plains and see snow way up high was, to date, the most extreme geographic event of my life. It was inconceivable to me that these extremes could coexist in the same vista, especially coming from England, where national temperature and geographies are so uniform. Though the Grand Canyon was impressive, it was somehow expected. Perhaps because it was viewed from above and in so many publications the impact was diminished compared to being surrounded by the buttes and canyons of Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Canyon Lands or the vast Lake Powell.
In each of these cases, one experienced the vista from the ground up, surrounded by and imposed upon by the edifices. Here was the acknowledgment of one’s scale and transients in the face of such grandeur and geological time. And so when I rolled into Los Angeles via the 10 freeway and saw downtown rising from the haze once again I experienced the imposing awe. It has since struck me that perhaps there is a relationship between the modern city and the landscape I had just crossed.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course with any endeavor worthwhile there are multiple struggles, desires to give up and even attempts to give up. “Though if you are a real artist you may have periods of remission but it’s terminal.” I started a web Design Biz in 1999 we did well in quickly. But had a product commerce project brought to us by a middleman who mismanaged the communication.
Consequently after designing a lovely site for tennis products, logo, brand etc. We were sued by a Judge Lawyer couple who we had never met but owned the company! (the middleman failed to communicate our timelines and their requests and needs!
This led to my giving up the Web Biz and returning to making Art full time. There was a proceeding jump in my career and I moved quickly forward again, hence my statement above: “If you are a real artist you may have periods of remission but it’s terminal.”
Meaning you will always be guided back to where are meant to be going and not always with a “Carrot”. Sometimes with the “Stick”
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jeremy KIdd – what should we know?
I’m known for “Fictional Realities Series” where I combine up to 100 photographs melded together from the same vista. Often, shooting over a week, different times of day combined into the same piece. I am perhaps the 1st person to do this. I am able to capture a week of experiences from the environment in the same piece. Night, day changing weather. The way a person absorbs the sense and experiences of a place over time.
“It seems unrealistic to expect a single photographic shot, a single moment in time, to convey the human experience of seeing. We visually explore our environment in the third and fourth dimensions as we build our personal visual journey”. Jeremy Kidd
I’ve done many commissions for company’s worldwide allowing me to travel. And create a great body of works.
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- Website: http://www.jeremykidd.com/
- Phone: 310 739 9844
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremy_kiddphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.kidd.90
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April 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm
Nice to see, we have your piece of the Arboretum in San Francisco.