“Photogenic New Jersey”
Michael F. McKenna
May 24 through July 30, 2013
Michael F. McKenna is a self-taught photographer and a life-long resident of New Jersey, who currently resides in Scotch Plains. Spending his entire life in New Jersey resonates in his art as the photography portrays the state and what it has to offer, ranging from farmland to the shore to the cities.
Born in Kearny in 1966, Mike has developed an intense interest in photography over the past fifteen years when he began taking pictures in the early morning hours for the purpose of using natural lighting for his landscape pictures. Over these years of careful analysis, trial and error, and the initial studying of the landscape masters, i.e., Brett and Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and more currently, Art Wolf, Mike’s photography has emerged as one similar the heavy contrast black and white images of George Tice, another New Jersey self-taught photographer.
Mike’s work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, which continue to grow in number as interest in Mike’s photography continues to grow. Some of his most recent exhibits have been at the Gallery on the Boulevard in Kenilworth, Lena Di Gangi Gallery in Totowa, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Library. Most recently he was Artist of the Month for Jerseyarts. Currently, some of Mike’s work may be purchased now through June 30th at Zion Art Gallery in Madison, New Jersey.