Kip Harris went to northern Italy in 1999 thinking that he would photograph the comings and goings of people at the main railroad station in Milan. What he photographed instead was November light. This is not the warm amber of Rome nor the brilliant whiteness of the far north but rather a cutting, biting blue-grey that casts magical shadows. This light takes over and moves people and things out of its way..
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by Kip Harris
“At this time, I was using two Mamiya 6 film cameras. One for black and white; one for color. I found after scanning the film that I was really seeing everything in black and white and that color was not adding to the images. I liked the way the grain of the film worked with the character of the light and the way it defined space as a positive presence and striped everything down to the bare essentials.
These images have been scanned and then processed in Lightroom for cropping, Silver eFex Pro for contrast, and Photoshop to clean up some of the dust specks.”
Outside Gelato Store (3) by Kip Harris
This is not the warm amber of Rome nor the brilliant whiteness of the far north but rather a cutting, biting blue-grey that casts magical shadows.
Milano Centrale East Entry Schedule Board by Kip Harris
This light takes over and moves people and things out of their way.
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Harris grew up in a small farming community in the Intermountain West of the US. He holds degrees in English literature from Dartmouth College, in humanities from the University of Chicago, and architecture from the University of Utah. He was a principal of FFKR Architects in Salt Lake City for nearly 30 years.
A serious photographer since the late 80s, he has exhibited in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe with four solo and over one hundred group shows. He has been published in Shots Magazine, The Photo Review, Art Reveal, Smithsonian.com, Street Photography Magazine, Barren Magazine, Tagree, Square, Black and White (cover) and a number of on-line photographic sites.
He now lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada in an 1823 cottage overlooking the St. Margaret’s Bay. He is the technical director for his wife’s Company X Puppets (a highly portable puppet, dance, theater group established to present intimate mixed media works).