Noel Kerns is a Texas-based night photographer who specializes in capturing the abandoned landscape of the American southwest. Growing up in the central Texas hill country, he developed his photographic skills shooting large format black & white landscapes. The slow and deliberate nature of the large format photographic process was a perfect launching pad into the art of digitally photographing the nocturnal world.
As a night photographer, I shoot almost exclusively by the light of the full moon. One of the things I enjoy most about photographing after dark are all the latent details, those things which reveal themselves only when you take the time to let the moonlight tell the story. I love the calm and tranquility of a peaceful night scene, as well as the eerie feeling one can get when shooting an old desert ghost town under a full moon. Since all of my images are created at night, my exposure times are measured in minutes rather than fractions of a second, and because of this, I often use a technique called "light-painting", which is the use of portable, handlheld light sources to add supplemental light to a scene. While this light tends to create a mysterious, surreal look to a shot, it also often creates a tension within the viewer by rendering familiar subjects in a most unfamiliar light, drawing them into a vision of our world most have never seen or imagined before.
2007 Texas Escapes Online Magazine - "Texas Ghost Towns by Night" 2008 "Darkness Darkness" - Three Columns Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. "Darkness Darkness" - Boston Exhibition & Convention Center, Boston, MA. "Un-Ordinary Horizons" - Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX. "Unscene Dallas" - W Hotel, Dallas, TX. Texas Escapes Online Magazine - "Resurrecting the Ghosts of Route 66" NBC5 North Texas 2009 Weather Calendar - July Photo - "Dallas Skyline Reflections" 2009 55 Degrees Wine Bar & Bistro - Plano, Texas CD / Album Cover for The Detroit Experiment - "Think Twice" Capture El Paso - 2008 2010 Solutions Magazine -January / February Issue The Turtle Restaurant - Brownwood, Texas "Night Light" - Astoria, Oregon Article & Interview for "Fotoritim" - Turkish Photography Magazine