Kevin Boyle was born and raised in the Canadian Prairies. His large format photographs of the plains of his homeland cover a wide range of subject matter.
His Day Sleeper series documents the dilapidated ruins of what were once thriving communities. By manipulating exposure and lighting, Kevin gives these abandoned businesses, homes and gathering places a second chance to showcase their beauty. According to Boyle, "We have been betrayed by our conveniences and we have forgotten where we came from. We are connected by likes, faves and pluses...fleeting and artificial things. I want to hear your words, I want to shake your hand, I want to show you with light that there is beauty in the darkness".
Using a modern digital sensor combined with a 40 year old "shift" lens and a medium format film camera with a high-resolution scanner, Boyle bridges the gap between the past and the present through his photographs. The scale at which the images are presented put the viewer in the same spot in which he stood when creating them and allow you to get lost in them.
To Boyle, his Range series of photographs represents the Canadian Prairie at its roots. Kevin has always had a strong connection to the past. His large format photographs represent a simpler time. "They represent a range of light, space and emotion. There is a beauty in desolation and no matter how hard we try to fight it, time is unrelenting and inescapable"
The photographs from Kevin Boyle's Herd series "are about perception, community, control and how closely related our human heard mentality is to that of our animal friends, if we're humble enough to see it as such". "The difference between us and them is that we have a choice. We can choose to be respectful and responsible. We have the ability to see the barbed wire fences that guide our thoughts and values. We just have to look harder. We can choose to separate from the herd".
All images are copyrighted and are the property of their respective owners.
Any reproduction or distribution of these images in whole or in part is a violation of
copyright laws and is strictly prohibited.