Kirk D. Keyes Photography

Biography

A self-taught photographer, Kirk's interest in large format landscape photography began in the mid-eighties with his "discovery" of the work of Ansel Adams. He soon found a very battered Linhof Technika III at a flea market which he repaired back into working condition. Since then, he has traveled around Oregon and the West, seeking to capture the grandeur and details of the surrounding land on film.  

He has photographed the natural, geographic, and geologic diversity of his native Oregon, as well as throughout southern Utah and the Colorado Plateau, the American and Canadian Rockies, the Sierras, and the Great Basin. Kirk chose to use large format cameras for his work - the need for large format can be argued only by examining the photographs themselves. He applies an artistic eye to the natural environment - large format allows his vision to be shared with others without a loss in detail, tone, or texture.

Kirk began displaying his work at the local county fair over the Red Underwear - Kirk D. Keyesnext several years, winning numerous awards - including "Best Color Photograph" for his Cibachrome print entitled "Red Underwear" (at right) in his first year of competition. He refined his printing skills working as a custom color printer in a commercial photography laboratory in the late eighties. He is experienced in Gelatin-Silver (traditional Black &White), Type-C, Type-R and Cibachrome (now Ilfochrome) processes.

While Ansel Adams sparked his interest and love for landscape photography, Kirk lists several photographers as inspiration for his work. Most notable are Eliot Porter, David Muench, and John Fielder, as well as fellow Oregon-based photographers, Ray Atkeson, Christopher Burkett,and Steve Terrill.

In 1994, Kirk entered the photo market and has already had several images published. Some of his credits include Oregon Field Guide Calendars, Braun Intertec Corporation, Vigillante Corporation, The Carrus Land House, and Miniature Quilts Magazine. Kirks' photo files contain several hundred images and all are available for reproduction by contacting him.

A native Oregonian, Kirk lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Jeanne. He has a BS in Chemistry and works as an environmental chemist in an analytical testing laboratory.

Self Portrait of KirkThis Internet gallery was created so that Kirk could share his photographs with others that enjoy "Images of the Land". He is not represented by a gallery in the non-virtual world, though he would love to be.

Kirk's self portrait, ca. 1987 (taken with an 8x10 Seneca Improved View camera, ca. 1917)

(Not really one for guns, Kirk hunts ONLY with a camera.)