Piece description from the artist
I love taking close ups of water currents. This series of three was photographed in a small, unassuming creek I'd discovered in a new area. The morning was cloudy with not much chance of clearing, but I had my camera in tow all the same. Suddenly the sun peeked out, shining a spotlight on one section of the water where the current was strong. Switching quickly to a telephoto lens, I focused the camera where the water swirled in a kaleidescopic vortex next to the main flow. I took a dozen photos quickly before the sun went back behind the cloud.
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.