Piece description from the artist
On a crisp Thanksgiving morning, I packed up my gear and went to a local nature preserve. I've known this place since I was a child. Mature cottonwood forests surround small ponds. Home to geese, rabbits, hawks, and owls, this has always been a sacred space for me. That Thanksgiving morning, there was treasured stillness. I was alone in the park with a lifetime of memories in tow. Wandering in all the familiar haunts, I found myself in a section where some of the oldest trees towered in a tangle of trunks and branches above one of the ponds. The morning light had turned the water into a silvery sapphire. Against that backdrop, these elder trees seemed to be dancing a geometry all their own, calling out the distant past and gently sheltering the future.
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.