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Kenneth Nelson

Kenneth Nelson



Born and raised in New York, and currently managing digital images at an in house agency, I’ve been working on personal fine art projects the last 17 years. Some of those projects appear here on this site. A graduate of Pratt Institute with BFA in photography, I’ve been studying photography since my early teens. Taught darkroom techniques by my mentor, I’ve been dedicated to the art of the black and white print. In one of my artistic goals, I've sought to photograph the ever-changing dynamics of people and places, people in their places, and places full of people. Drop me an email if you're interested in discussing, buying, exhibiting--or just seeing a printed photograph of any of these images (In these digitized days, I continue to believe that a photographic print is the ultimate way of viewing photographs). Kenneth
  • Mamiya 7/7II
  • Koni Omega 200
  • Nikon FE
  • Mamiya 65mm F4
  • Mamiya 80mm F4
  • Omegaron 90mm F5.6
  • Nikkor AI 105mm F2.5
  • Nikkor AI 50mm F1.8
Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge
<br/>June, 1986

Fascinations Remembered

Published September 6th, 2012

Growing up as a New Yorker, appreciation for NY sights are seldom acquired. How many New Yorkers visit the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc?

But, New York bridges tend to be a different sight that many use, and appreciate. I found this image of the Queensboro Bridge taken in 1981. I'm sure it was one of the first images of any bridge in NYC that I photographed. I've visited the bridge about three times in the past years (and I don't live that close to it). It is one of my three favorite bridges in NYC.

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Flyer persons standing at the corner of 7th Avenue and 45th Street in Times Square.

Competing in the Arena

Published June 27th, 2012

I've been intrigued by the ability of small businesses to find ways of competing with larger corporations in marketing themselves.

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Second Nature

Published June 15th, 2012

The more I hear through the years within the photography world, the more I hear the same things over again. This is not a gripe, but just a matter of fact that when you're in it this long, things will get repetitive. It's always been second nature to me to think photographically since I was in my early teens.

I've not worked this image since it was shot in September 2000. As I've been going through images from earlier years, I don't recall those second nature things that I did with images then. When I shot it, I took two frames of this boulevard with the intent of merging them some time later. One half toward the left side, and the other half toward the right side. I didn't think about it, it was second nature.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade, 58th and Broadway.
<br/>November 1987

The Lengths We Go

Published May 15th, 2012

By parade standards, this image could be considered typical. The peculiar circumstance surrounding the image is that is was shot using a large format 4x5 on a tripod in the middle of this very crowded parade.

As I look back on taking this photograph, the experiment worked. I didn't let technical details deter me from using extraordinary cameras in the most unusual of places. I continue not to be bound by technical limitations to this day--lesson learned.

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Atypical Day

Published May 11th, 2012

During one of the many times photographing at the Feast of San Gennaro, I was testing to see what a panoramic camera would be like when shooting street scenes. It was convenient that I worked for a rental house that allowed us to test out rental equipment.

As panoramic cameras are rarely used for street shooting, i wasn't sure what I would come up with--but, I'm a street shooter.

In this particular image, I was making a relationship between the woman approaching (lighting her cigarette) and the person wearing the 'F_ckin Hardcore" jacket.

Since the camera has a pretty wide viewfinder, I notice that Bruce Gilden is walking into the frame from left and he's focused on someone or something. It all came together in a pretty interesting image (even with my hand in the lower left of the frame).

It always seemed gratuitous for me to show this shot since someone notable is in it. I've started realizing that as photographers, we shouldn't shy away from showing anything we're proud of.

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