Very few photographers have ever really considered the photography of wildlife, as distinctly opposed to the genre of Wildlife Photography, as an art form. The emphasis has generally been on capturing the drama of wild animals IN ACTION, or capturing that dramatic single MOMENT, as opposed to simply animals in the state of BEING.
I’ve always thought this something of a wasted opportunity. The wild animals of Africa lend themselves to potentially extraordinary photographs, that extend aesthetically beyond the norm of 35mm-color telephoto wildlife photography. And so it is, that in my own way, I would like to go towards correcting that. My aim is that my photographs transcend what prior to this, was a purely documentative genre.”
Storytelling comes naturally for photographer Keith Carter whose East Texas roots have greatly influenced his penchant for creating extraordinary photographs from encounters with everyday objects, people, and animals. All is plausible in Carter's mysterious worlds. Moving beyond the literal through use of selective focus, scale and perspective often askew, Carter illuminates the intuitive meanings of images as would a poet. He doesn't seek reality but instead looks, as he says, “around the edges for those little askew moments - kind of like what makes up our lives - those slightly awkward, lovely moments.”
The Earth is an ever-changing ecosystem. It existed well before we were here and will hopefully be here well beyond the time we leave it. It’s real, at times beautifully surreal, powerfully haunting and alive all at the same time.
While photographing, the world gets quiet around me... things seem simple again – and I obtain a respect and reverence for the world that is hard to communicate through words. I get into a ‘zone’ where time and space seem hard for me to measure. For me those moments are a combination of the exterior environment and my interior combining.