Artist Statement | Range: A Prairie Study
Kevin Boyle was born and raised in the Canadian Prairies, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began his photography career by accident in 2002 while photographing the darker side of humanity in his other occupation. After nearly a decade of photographing people at their worst, he took his beaten up Canon 30D to Tofino. It was that weekend that, for the first time, he started seeing things differently through the viewfinder of his camera.
In 2011 two things happened in his life that altered his view of the world. He married his wife and his father passed away. After his father died, Kevin packed up an old, used Canon 5D, a busted EF 20-35mm lens and drove from Vancouver to Winnipeg. During that cathartic drive, in the expanse of the Prairies, he found a part of himself that had been asleep for a long time. He started to realize the beauty in desolation and that no matter how hard we try to fight it, time is unrelenting and inescapable.
Fast forward two years, countless hours of mapping, equipment testing and farm road driving and what you have is a new set of images with Kevin’s own personal vision. To him, this series of photographs represents Canadiana at its roots.
Kevin has always had a strong connection to the past and believes that only by understanding where you came from can you continue to grow. By using a modern digital sensor combined with a 40 year old ‘shift’ lens, and a medium format film camera with an high resolution scanner, he has bridged the gap between past with the present through his photos.
Kevin’s photos represent a simpler time without 200 TV channels, iPhones, Twitter and Facebook. They represent a place where the skies move like a breath and the ground swallows what was once vibrant and alive.
They represent a range of light, space and emotion.