Piece description from the artist
Note: This is the second piece in a three-part series.
I usually visit gardens early in the morning to catch the best light. It was July and the flowers were at their prime. But I noticed a low-growing plant I'd never seen before: elongated, soft stems with hundreds of tiny leaves rotating outward like hair on a cat's tail. I bent down to inspect it. Its under leaves were festooned in dew drops. Forgetting about the flowers, I laid down and began shooting tight close-ups of the drops from different angles. No flowers that morning! Back in the studio, I could see that the drops’ delicate structures and perfect shapes required the most minimal treatment. I chose black and white and printed it edge to edge on glossy metal for a modern look.
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.