Piece description from the artist
There is a lake near my house where pelicans, hawks, kingfishers, and bald eagles make their home. Most mornings after sunrise, the water surface is absolutely still. Sometimes a pelican or cormorant lands, their wake bending the perfect mirror into a surreal, Salvador Dali-like painting. But this particular morning, the stillness was interrupted by a gust of wind, pixelating the surface into a billion little fragments. After the shock of "losing" a perfect shot, I was transfixed. The tree reflections remained but had been transformed into an intricate mosaic. To capture the intricate texture of the fragments, I crouched down and took the image at surface level.
Morgan McKenna is a fine art photographer known for intimate landscapes, water close-ups, mystical tree images, ethereal flowers, and meditative pattern photography. Considered one of the pioneers of the intentional camera movement (ICM), McKenna’s ICM images are known for their detail, painterly feel, and artful composition.
McKenna’s background as a musician comes through in her meticulous choice of subjects, the way she frames and times each image, and her discipline of seasoned technical practices from camera to editing room.
McKenna's highest goal is to be present and collaborate with what wants to happen through her camera. There is an essence of a scene that comes together beyond what any photographer can imagine. Surrendering to that essence (what McKenna calls, "the soul of a moment") is as much a spiritual practice as it is artistic.
McKenna’s pieces have been highlighted by national card companies, including Hallmark and Beautyway. In 2013, Laguna Beach Art Magazine named her one of "twenty artists you should know.” She offers fine art prints as well as finished works on a variety of media including non-glare metal, luminous acrylic, art papers, and canvas. All treatments are archival.