“The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.” — NASA
Otherworld uses photographs taken in the upper Midwest to render possible models of the Earth-like planets currently being sought by NASA’s Kepler mission, and it also references the mythologies of many cultures that establish a land that is home to spiritual beings or the dead. These mythical other worlds of hope or doom often share characteristics with our familiar earthly landscapes, and I am using photographs of real places to suggest realms that may or may not exist. My preliminary images use barren terrains to suggest the earthlike landscapes photographed by rovers and other missions in space. As an immigrant, the landscapes of the upper Midwest continue to surprise me. This adds a personal layer to my depictions of territories that appear familiar yet remain unknowable.
Otherworld is informed by an earlier project, DARK MATTER, which I made in conjunction with the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Where DARK MATTER focused on a specific site, Otherworld will be more of a fanciful musing on our curiosity. We send missions deep into space to search for evidence of other possible worlds, and we create mythological homes for our gods and our dead. How can I depict the geography of our desire? I use this world to create models of others, exploiting the dark tones to create barriers for understanding, always holding something back.
These images are digital scans of the original silver-gelatin prints.
“Otherworld” is a truly beautiful demonstration of artistry and consummate craft and the prints are extraordinary with subject matter and light rendering that is packed with mystery and breathable atmosphere. Your portfolio is indeed “otherworldly” filled to the brim with a desolate romanticism. Beautiful work.
Keith’s work does indeed take us to otherworlds and seems to glow on the screen. His images have an atmospheric quaility. They could easily be some place other than this planet, as we have seen with the Mars missions. His prints using gelatin silver are really remarkable. His portfolio is beautifuly edited. All that we can add is “very well done and congratulations”.
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