Monthly Archives: July 2017

Post Vacation

Returning from a rampage of experience, cameras in tote, it is the photographs made, where the soul shoves the norms of psychology aside, that satisfy me most. Traveling to new destinations of astounding beauty often proves brutal in getting beneath enchanting surface. I’m embattled 24/7 with such desire. Gorgeous photographs with technical precision do absolutely nothing for me that the lived moment already presented. Looking through the many images brought home, I see precisely in the mix when I achieved that deeper gaze, unknowingly, without pretension or apparent striving. Essentially, I’m lost at sea in those moments.

Michael Ast, Sonoma County, Sonoma, twilight, Pacific Route 1, Route 1, Pacific ocean, Pacific, coastline, coast, ocean, bluff, outcrop, editing, artist statement, brainstorming, insight

Sonoma County Coast © Michael Ast, 2017

“Kinsey” Portfolio Featured on Phosmag

“KINSEY” portfolio in the works featured on Phosmag:

KINSEY at Phosmag

Kinsey is an ongoing series of hand-pulled photo etchings and photographs made at an abandoned, pre-Prohibition whiskey distillery and industrial warehouse park. The sight lies within a 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Limerick Nuclear Generation Facility in Limerick, Pennsylvania. I’m drawn to the dichotomy of the century-old, bygone facilities, and those relentlessly churning in the immediate distance.

The industrial park, with all its ephemeral detail of desertion, has intimations of destruction, chaos and ominous occurrences. From decayed, imploding rooftops, Limerick’s cooling towers are seen billowing out steam over old neighborhoods and new suburban developments. Imagination turns frail upon such viewing from the grounds of ruin.

Historically, I choose to understand little about the environment’s transitions and decline. Instead, I’m acting on a consciousness taunted by harrowing evidence of neglect, to form images from foreboding thoughts. In that sense, Kinsey has little to do with documenting a place, and more with illustrating human anxiety in the wake of intangible record, hypothetical detritus, and utilities as far reaching as apocalyptic possibility.”

Michael Ast, Kinsey, hand-pulled photo etchings, printmaker, color bw photography, Phosmag, alternative printing, alternative photography, photographic arts