Project Description

Reinventing Reality: Photographing Dreams, Desires & Demons with Kay Kenny

Photography’s attachment to the real has never prevented flights of the imagination. From the beginning, artists and amateurs have used the medium to describe the never-has-been. We’ve seen ghosts, monsters, and unearthly paradise. We’ve entered the realms of the fantastic, the grotesque, and the exotic.

Through the combination of various devices such as juxtaposition, unusual lighting, long exposure and a strong sense of the absurd, the camera records the photographer’s state of mind translating perception into material form.

This class will explore the imagination and the tools to creating the fantastic, the surreal, the absurd, the ironic image. Examples of work by historical and contemporary photographers working within the realm of memory and imagination will be reviewed.

Students should come prepared with their camera, either digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, a mirrorless camera, or a point & shoot single lens camera that can be set to manual, as well as a tripod and flashlight. Beanbags may also work in lieu of a tripod. Please contact the Education Department at (908) 735-8415 ext. 119 if you have any questions about the materials.

Click HERE to view Kay Kennys’ website.

Early registration rewards do not apply to this workshop. 

Featured photo: Kay Kenny, courtesy of the artist.

WINTER –  828
  • Age:  Adults and teens, age 16 and up
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24
  • Instructor: Kay Kenny
  • Tuition: $65; Member: $50

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